Minneapolis 2040 - Minneapolis, Minnesota Comprehensive Plan

Minneapolis 2040 is the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Comprehensive Plan -  that will guide policy and decision making in the city in terms of the built, natural and economic environment for the next ten years. The document includes 14 Goals adopted by the City Council in 2017 that articulate the plan’s intent. One of the plan’s primary goals is for the city to become climate resilient by 2040, which includes a number of adaptation policies and actions for near-term implementation.

The Comprehensive Plan includes 100 Policies, each of which supports one or more of the primary goals. Under each policy is a list of Action Steps, including activities that the City already undertakes and should continue, and new actions that generally add or modify existing policies or initiatives. 

Minneapolis intends to prepare for climate change impacts by investing in improved stormwater management, urban heat island reduction, and energy system resilience. Goal 10: Climate Change Resilience has 21 related policies which include many mitigation strategies, as well as adaptation goals and actions. 

The overarching theme of the plan is stated as that: “Minneapolis’ growth must be managed so the city works for everyone and existing disparities between white people and people of color are eliminated.” The city recognizes the injustices experienced by frontline communities, and that in Minneapolis low-income and vulnerable residents face disproportionate impacts from climate change.


Each of the policy recommendations includes social equity considerations, and many action steps address inequities and climate action. For example, Policy 98 - Innovation Districts, is to “Establish and support Innovation Districts to employ district-scale infrastructure and systems and to implement flexible policies and practices that allow for experimentation and innovation consistent with City goals.” One of the actions set forth for the city to accomplish related to Innovation Districts is to: Support funding for redevelopment opportunities including housing, business development, sustainable district infrastructure, and greenspace, with priority given to affordable housing and/or job creation initiatives and projects.

Policy 67: Climate Resilient Communities
requires a number of adaptive action steps including to :

  • Anticipate and prepare for pressures and shocks that climate change will introduce or worsen by collaborating across City departments, government agencies, private businesses, and organizations, and resident networks.
  • Establish an urban tree canopy goal and adopt a plan to manage the urban heat island effect across all communities.
  • Consider climate forecasts in stormwater feasibility and modeling work to inform infrastructure investments.
  • Develop guidance that encourages climate-sensitive design for residential and commercial buildings, parking lots, and open spaces and parks.


Publication Date: 2019

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  • City of Minneapolis, Minnesota


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