Sunday, July 22, 2018

Minneapolis 2040: The Final Countdown


Moments ago I submitted some last-minute, under the wire comments on the Minneapolis 2040 draft comprehensive plan. And I will continue to do so, throughout the day, as the situation merits, right up until the deadline.

YOU CAN KEEP COMMENTING ALL DAY --TODAY-- SUNDAY, JULY 22!


Here's a sample comment you could leave in the built form section:
Interior 1 doesn't go far enough. Homes already exist in these neighborhoods that exceed what would be allowed under Interior 1. The minimum designation in Minneapolis should be Interior 2. 
Areas that are currently designated Interior 1 should be changed to Interior 2. Areas that are Interior 2 should be changed to Interior 3. Areas that are Interior 3 should have their maximum height raised from three to __ stories.
Or you could simply say:
Exclusionary zoning is dumb and terrible. I can't believe we still do that. Please let people live their lives, even if that means four households occupying a four-unit house instead of just one family.
But there are so many more comments for you to send -- and today is your last day to send them!

Minneapolis is growing. People want to live here. Businesses are hiring workers here. A Minneapolis with many more people needs many more homes -- otherwise a lot of people will be displaced. Those homes shouldn't all be in big expensive single-family homes or big expensive apartment buildings. We need less expensive triplexes and fourplexes, and small apartment buildings too. In order to make that happen we need a zoning code that allows those small-scale homes to happen. We need to legalize housing.

But that's not all. In a majority renter city, we need policies that support and protect renters, people who are disproportionately low-income, indigenous or people of color. We need a transportation plan that prioritizes people, not just cars. We need to recognize that single-family zoning isn't just exclusionary, but promotes car-dependence and sprawl that does grave damage to our climate.