Zoning & Regulatory Framework
Zoning and Comprehensive Plan
The site is currently zoned I-2 (medium industry) and I-3 (heavy industry), but the City anticipates site zoning revisions that will support the planned redevelopment. Click here for information on these industrial zoning districts. The zoning code also includes three overlay districts that impact the site. These include the:
- Mississippi River Critical Area Overlay District
- Shoreland Overlay District
- Floodplain Overlay District
Note: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has updated its rules for the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area. As part of the comprehensive planning effort noted below, the City of Minneapolis crafted an updated Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area Plan that responds to these new rules. The Mississippi River Critical Area Overlay District and the Shoreland Overlay District provisions eventually will be updated accordingly. For information on the DNR's Critical Area rules and program.
In December 2018, the City of Minneapolis approved a new comprehensive plan, Minneapolis 2040. This new plan guides the UHT site for a combination of three land use classifications: Parks and Open Space, Corridor Mixed Use and Production Mixed Use. The Built Form designations are Parks and Corridor 6. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Council approving this plan, the City is beginning the process of updating its zoning code over the next few years to reflect this new comprehensive plan.
Other Regulatory Frameworks
As with all proposed development in the city, final plans are subject to compliance with adopted City policies and ordinances. Because of the site’s proximity to the Mississippi River, there may be other regulations and requirements that will come into play. For example, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have various requirements and review processes relative to any proposed improvements within the River or immediately along the river bank.
The eligibility of the structures on the site for historic designation also may trigger reviews of their significance and any proposed changes to them.
City and MPRB staff will work with the selected developer during the coordinated planning process to help identify any such requirements that should be considered and reach out to seek input from the appropriate agencies.