What the “most ambitious upzoning proposal” in America entails

On Friday, Minneapolis lawmakers approved a plan to begin permitting triplexes throughout the city

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In a plan approved Friday, Minneapolis reportedly became the first city to officially undertake the “most ambitious upzoning” plan in the country.

Known as Minneapolis 2040, the plan effectively ends exclusive single-family housing zoning, which has long been a tool for maintaining segregated communities and school districts, according to Slate.

The plan now allows city planners to grant permits for three-family homes throughout the city, as well as the construction of multifamily housing stock near public transit and the lifting of parking minimums for newly-built homes.

It was initially released back in March and encountered resistance from some local residents. One such group tried to sue to stop the plan’s approval on the grounds of an environmental review. [Slate]–Erin Hudson


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