Development update: Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth celebration on Oct. 14

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October 12, 2009 // UPDATED 10:46 am - October 13, 2009
By: Amanda Kushner
Amanda Kushner
The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth, a policy framework for managing projected housing, job and population growth includes new emphasis areas in urban design, heritage preservation and sustainability.
The plan, adopted by the City Council on Oct. 2, was last updated in 2000, said Community Planning Supervisor Karin Berkholtz. The Metropolitan Council issued a new system statement in 2005, triggering the plan’s update, she said.
Instead of rewriting the plan, which looks ahead to 2030, the update includes refinement and additions, Berkholtz said.
Structurally the revised plan is more user-friendly because it has a cohesive and legible format, she said.
Also the revision includes an added emphasis in areas not in the 2000 plan.
Urban design was added because the plan was written at a time where “monster homes” were a great concern for Minneapolis and other cities, Berkholtz said.
“We felt that we needed to strive as a city to be visually exciting and attractive and functional,” she said.
Also policy language regarding heritage preservation was added to the plan.
“There is, I think, an added recognition that our historic and cultural resources are a significant element to our city’s fabric,” Berkholtz said.
Sustainability was also added because it’s an overall emphasis in the city, she said.
On Wednesday, Oct. 14 an open house will present the plan by displaying the past, present and future of the city’s growth and development.
The past station will display old plans and maps; the present day will focus on how development review works and the job of planners; and the future will highlight future land use and the comprehensive plan, Berkholtz said.
The open house will also include a scavenger hunt within city hall and will celebrate the adopted plan.
The open house will be from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at the City Hall Rotunda.