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Land Use Descriptions

Urban Neighborhood

The Urban Neighborhood designation acknowledges the rich mix of land uses that occur in neighborhoods throughout the City, and generally promotes maintenance of the surrounding neighborhood character.

Low-density Residential

Uses will primarily be single- and two-family homes in this land use designation, but may also include public and institutional uses.

Medium-Density Residential

Moderate intensity housing projects are allowed in this area, and may take the form of townhomes, row-houses, or apartment buildings.

High-Density Residential

High-density housing is encouraged and will primarily take place in larger apartment style buildings.

Very high-density Residential

This land use designation is currently only used in areas in and around downtown. Mid- to High-rise residential development is appropriate in this district.


The primary use recommended for this area is office – to provide for locations that suit larger institutional and corporate users.


A variety of commercial uses may appropriate in these locations.

Commercial Mixed Use

Uses in this area should be mixed either vertically within a building, or horizontally along a street frontage. Commercial, Residential, and Office are all appropriate here.

Public and Institutional Use

These areas are primarily recommended for use by public agencies – schools, libraries, and other public services may be located here.

Transportation, Communications, and Utilities

Public infrastructure is envisioned on these properties in the long term.

Transitional Industrial

Industrial uses are envisioned to transition over time to other uses. Immediate change is not foreseen, but property owners have the option of proposing other uses.

Light and Medium Industrial

Long term use of these properties is industrial. Preservation and growth in employment is important in these areas.

General Industrial

There are no such areas in the Midtown Greenway Rezoning Study. However, this designation exists in other plan to allow for high impact industrial manufacturing.

Parks and Open Space

The long term vision for these properties is to be park and open space.

Activity Center

Activity Centers are areas which tend to have a concentration of higher density and destination uses which promote activity all day long and into the evening

Commercial Corridor

Commercial corridors are designated Minneapolis streets which tend to have high traffic volumes, predominantly commercial uses, and which serve as destinations.

Community Corridor

Commercial corridors are designated Minneapolis streets which tend to have moderate traffic volume, and land uses that are primarily residential with commercial uses concentrated at nodes.

Congregate Living

Congregate living facilities include community residential facilities, board and care homes, fraternities or sororities, supportive housing and other group living facilities.


Land used for cultural or entertainment facilities including museums, libraries and theaters.

Industrial Employment Districts

The industrial employment districts serve to protect prime industrial space, as well as providing an opportunity for the city to support targeted industries and redevelop underutilized sites

Neighborhood Commercial Node

Neighborhood commercial nodes tend to have a concentration of commercial and mixed uses around an intersection, and which generally serve the surrounding neighborhood

Transit Station Area

Transit station areas set standards for development surrounding light rail transit (LRT) stations within the city.

Last updated Nov 3, 2011



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