Scott Vreeland

City, Park Board approve green space requirements for new developments

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Starting Jan. 1, new developments in the city of Minneapolis will be required to include a set amount of green space or pay a fee to the Park Board for future land acquisition.

Minneapolis has lobbied for the authority to institute a parkland dedication ordinance at the state legislature for years. Parkland dedication ordinances are widely used in suburban communities and St. Paul enacted one in 2007. After years of negotiation and tweaking, the Minneapolis Park Board approved the final ordinance at its Nov. 6 meeting after the City Council passed it in July.

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