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Lowry Avenue Rezoning Study

The Lowry Avenue Strategic Plan: An Update to the Lowry Avenue Corridor Plan is a small area plan that resulted from the initiative of the five neighborhoods that border on Lowry Avenue in north Minneapolis—the Cleveland, Folwell, Hawthorne, Jordan and McKinley neighborhoods. The plan was funded by neighborhood NRP monies and a City of Minneapolis Great Streets grant. It was created under the project management of City of Minneapolis staff, with consultant services provided by Cuningham Group, Biko Associates, and Donjek.

The plan builds on an earlier plan, the 2002 Lowry Avenue Corridor Plan, in two ways. It sharpens the vision for Lowry Avenue established in the 2002 plan. And it offers a set of implementation strategies to further the goals of the plan in areas such as fostering new development and strengthening business districts.

The plan was completed following a multifaceted community and stakeholder engagement process. It was adopted by the Minneapolis City Council on December 17, 2010, and by the Metropolitan Council on April 19, 2011. It can be viewed by clicking on the chapter headings below.

Land Use and Development Guidance
Economic Development

Comprehensive Plan Modifications

The City’s comprehensive plan is titled "The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth." It includes general long range land use guidance, which will need to be updated to be consistent with the land use and development vision of the Lowry Avenue Strategic Plan. The most important changes would be removing the Neighborhood Commercial Node designation for Lowry Ave N & Lyndale Ave N, and making slight changes to the boundaries of the Neighborhood Commercial Nodes at Lowry Ave N & Penn Ave N, and Lowry Ave N & Emerson Ave N. The links below show the existing and proposed boundaries of the Neighborhood Commercial Nodes on Lowry Avenue.

Existing Neighborhood Commercial Nodes

Proposed Neighborhood Commercial Nodes

These proposed modifications were adopted by the Minneapolis City Council on December 17, 2010, pending approval by the Metropolitan Council.

Lowry Avenue Rezoning Study

As a first step towards implementing the Lowry Avenue Strategic Plan, a rezoning study for the study area was initiated in conjunction with the planning process. The goal is to review the zoning of property along and near Lowry Avenue, and propose changes as warranted, with the goal of supporting the future vision for Lowry Avenue.

The proposed zoning changes were reviewed by the City Planning Commission at its November 15, 2010 meeting, and will be put on the City Council agenda for review and adoption after the Metropolitan Council has completed its review of the Lowry Avenue Strategic Plan and associated modifications to the City’s comprehensive plan.

The following documents describe the proposed zoning changes.

Existing Zoning
Proposed Zoning
Zoning Changes (Table Format)

For definitive information about zoning districts, please consult the Citys zoning code at

City Council Review and Approval

The rezoning study is scheduled for the October 5, 2011, Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council. The meeting is in Room 317 of City Hall (350 South 5th Street) at 1:30 p.m.

The City Council acted to adopt the Lowry Avenue Corridor Plan and the proposed comprehensive plan modifications at its December 17, 2010 meeting. The adoption language is as follows:

"Your Committee, having under consideration the Lowry Avenue Strategic Plan, now recommends concurrence in the recommendation of the Planning Commission that the findings prepared by the Department of Community Planning & Economic Development staff be adopted, that said Plan be adopted as a small area plan for Lowry Ave N from Interstate 94 at the east to County Road 81 at the west and as an articulation of and amendment to the policies found in The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth,

Partnering Neighborhoods and Neighborhood Staff

For more information contact:

Jim Voll, Principal City Planner
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Planning Division
105 5th Avenue South, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 673-3887; Fax: (612) 673-2728

Last updated Nov 2, 2017



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