City kicks off update to comprehensive plan for the year 2040
The City Council passed a resolution to officially launch the update to the Minneapolis Comprehensive plan for the year 2040 (Minneapolis 2040). Minneapolis 2040 is the 20-year vision for the city’s natural, built and economic environment.
Among other City actions, the Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan provides guidance for:
- Designing policies and programs.
- Reviewing site plans and land use applications.
- Reviewing and approving public land sales and purchases.
- Planning capital improvement projects.
- Determining priorities for public financing.
- Developing and adopting other plans.
While the plan covers a wide range of topics, it is primarily focused on the physical, natural and economic development of the city and the infrastructure, systems and programs that support it.
The City is required by State law and regional planning requirements to update its comprehensive plan every 10 years. Updating the plan offers City staff the opportunity to engage with the general public and key audiences to plan for growth in a manner that reflects the City’s values. The Minneapolis 2040 process has six guiding values:
- Growth and vitality.
- Equity and racial justice.
- Health and resilience.
- Livability and connectedness.
- Economic competitiveness.
- Good government.
The planning process for Minneapolis 2040 will take place over three years starting in 2016 and ending in 2018 when the final plan will be approved by the City Council. During this time, City staff will conduct an extensive, inclusive civic engagement process by combining traditional engagement methods with informal in-person interactions and technological tools. The first official Minneapolis 2040 engagement event was the City’s Community Connections Conference: Big Ideas, Your Minneapolis Saturday, April 2.
The interactive Minneapolis 2040 website provides additional background information on the comprehensive plan and the three-year engagement process, notice of upcoming events and activities, ways to participate, interactive engagement tools, and ways to contact City staff with questions, suggestions and feedback. You can also follow @Mpls2040 on Twitter or share your ideas for the natural, built and economic environment of Minneapolis in the year 2040 at #MplsBigIdeas.
Published Apr 4, 2016