Notice of a Public Hearing: Regulations related to Inclusionary Zoning


Amending Title 20 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances related to the Zoning Code, as follows:

Chapter 520 relating to Introductory Provisions
Chapter 521 relating to Zoning Districts and Maps Generally
Chapter 525 relating to Administration and Enforcement
Chapter 527 relating to Planned Unit Development
Chapter 530 relating to Site Plan Review
Chapter 535 relating to Regulations of General Applicability
Chapter 536 relating to Specific Development Standards
Chapter 541 relating to Off-Street Parking and Loading
Chapter 546 relating to Residence Districts
Chapter 547 relating to Office Residence Districts
Chapter 548 relating to Commercial Districts
Chapter 549 relating to Downtown Districts
Chapter 550 relating to Industrial Districts
Chapter 551 relating to Overlay Districts

The purpose of the amendment is to add regulations related to inclusionary zoning.

The City Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., in Room 317 City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN. Interested parties are invited to attend and be heard. Planning Department staff will issue a recommendation to the Planning Commission. After hearing from the public, the Planning Commission will make a determination based on required legal findings of fact. Please visit for the agenda with staff reports (web page will be updated by the end of the day Wednesday prior to the meeting date).

In accordance with the Zoning Code, all property owners within 350 feet of the subject property are notified of this public hearing. If you have questions about the project, please contact the City staff person listed below. If you would like to submit comments, you can make them verbally at the meeting or submit them in writing to:

Shanna Sether, Principal City Planner – 250 South 4th Street Room 300, Minneapolis,MN 55415 Phone (612) 673-2307 Fax (612) 673-2526


For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact 612-673-3710. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612- 673-2626.

Attention: Para asistencia 612-673-2700 – Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 – Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.



Unified Housing Policy Update and Inclusionary Zoning Text Amendment


On February 9, 2018, Council President Bender introduced subject matter to establish an inclusionary zoning (housing) ordinance. Inclusionary housing is intended to promote affordable housing and to fulfill the goals of the city’s housing policies by ensure that moderately-priced housing is provided in mixed-income developments.
Since 2003, the City of Minneapolis has implemented housing policy that requires affordable housing units in residential and mixed-use projects with 10 or more units that receives financial assistance from the city. The policy was expanded in 2016 to apply the affordable housing requirement to projects receiving pass-through funding for purposes other than environmental remediation. In 2017, the policy was updated to include residential development of 10 or more units proposed on property or a portion of property that was owned by the City of Minneapolis – CPED.
The City has engaged a consultant, Grounded Solutions Network, to explore policy options for a potential inclusionary housing policy. The scope of work includes financial feasibility analysis to inform policy options, as well as policy research regarding national best practices, pros and cons of different policy choices, and case studies of three other cities’ policies. A team of City staff from Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Housing, Development Services, and Long-Range Planning, City Attorney’s Office and Finance has worked with the consultants. Grounded Solutions Network solicited input from private developers and affordable housing advocates in this process.
The Grounded Solutions Network report was presented to the Housing Policy & Development Committee of the City Council on August 22, 2018. The report is intended to inform a policy framework to be considered by the City Council concurrent with the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, to support the affordable housing goals of the plan. A final policy would require additional analysis and development in 2019.
The Housing Policy & Development Committee of the City Council gave the following staff direction:
  • Directing Department of Community Planning & Economic Development staff to return to the Housing Policy & Development Committee in November 2018 with recommended amendments to the Unified Housing Policy to support an inclusionary zoning ordinance.
  • Directing Department of Community Planning & Economic Development staff to prepare zoning code text amendment for consideration by the City Planning Commission and Zoning & Planning Committee in November 2018. This interim inclusionary zoning ordinance would apply only to projects that propose a substantial increase in the allowable residential development capacity. The interim inclusionary zoning ordinance would be effective for land use applications which are complete on or after January 1, 2019, through the adoption and effective date of a comprehensive inclusionary zoning ordinance.
  • Directing Department of Community Planning & Economic Development staff to return to the Housing Policy & Development Committee in November 2018 with a recommended inclusionary zoning ordinance framework to support the affordable housing goals of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. This framework will be used as the basis for the development of a comprehensive inclusionary zoning ordinance in 2019. The framework recommendations shall apply City-wide, and be feasible, as recommended by a third-party consultant.
Upcoming Meetings
Nov 7, 2018      Housing Policy & Development Committee of the City Council
Nov 13, 2018    City Planning Commission – public hearing
Nov 29, 2018    Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council
Dec 7, 2018      City Council Meeting
Past Meetings
Supporting Materials and Documentation