On October 24, Council Member Linea Palmisano held a discussion with concerned residents at the Linden Hills Park Building about the latest draft of the Minneapolis 2040 plan. More than 100 people attended the event to ask questions and voice their concerns and ideas about the plan.

Minneapolis 2040 is a draft Comprehensive Plan that shapes how the city will grow and change. The draft covers topics such as housing, job access, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets. The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in late September and can be viewed at www.minneapolis2040.com.

At the meeting, organized by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council, people were asked to fill out a ballot, indicating their level of support for the plan and outlining their greatest concerns about the plan.

According to the ballots, 69% of those attending said they did not support the plan, 30% said they have concerns that need to be addressed before supporting the plan, and 4% said they support the plan. The most common concerns listed included: re-zoning for triplexes, parking issues, public transportation, and environmental impact. The ballot results have been shared with the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council and Council Member Linea Palmisano to inform recommendations to the city.

Per an email sent out this month, Council Member Palmisano wrote, “Since the second draft came out, I have been meeting regularly with individuals who can directly impact this process going forward. I have been advocating for incremental amendments to this plan that I believe are good for the city as a whole. I will not stop offering specific ideas and recommendations for improvement, and I will continue to seek outside review and advice.”

The last public hearing for Minneapolis 2040 was held on November 14th. The next steps in the process are two Committee of the Whole meetings on November 26th at 10 a.m. and December 5th at 1:30 p.m., when Council members can propose changes to the plan. City Council’s final vote on the plan will be on December 7th at 9:30 a.m. All of these meetings are open to the public but are NOT public hearings.

To share your ideas and concerns with CM Palmisano, you can email her at Linea.Palmisano@minneapolismn.gov.

Her office also encourages you to send comments to councilcomment@minneapolismn.gov, which is how constituent feedback will be entered into the public record for this phase of the process.

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