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Did you know that the Zoning Code has not had a major update since the 1960s?

Brooklyn Center is updating its current zoning code. Zoning codes are the rules that determine what can be built, where it can be built and how it should look. Every city has zoning codes and they are the primary tools a city has to guide the use of its land. Zoning codes are a balance between private property rights and public good.

The purpose of this zoning code update is to:

  • Align the Code with the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan
  • Bring the Code into compliance with state law
  • Reorganize it so it is clearer and easier to use
  • Modernize regulations and make sure they meet the needs of the current community

 

Should Accessory Dwelling Units be allowed on Single Family properties? Should duplexes be encouraged? Do commercial properties need more parking or less? What design standards will lead to more walkable, livable places? How can we utilize zoning to promote equity?

These questions and more will need to be considered as we work together on this project.

Current Public Review and Comment

City staff are in the final round of public review and comment, before introducing the draft code to city leadership for consideration and adoption. During this time, segments of the code are being reviewed with city staff and a joint commission of the Planning Commission, and Housing Commission. After each segment is reviewed by the joint commission, it is being made available for public review and comment, including an overview video and online comment & question form. Once introduced to city leadership for consideration, the public will again have the opportunity to review & respond to the draft code.

City staff also intend that this code is a living, breathing document that can continue be refined and evolve or time. As such, the city is committed to ongoing engagement and public comment to the ever-changing zoning code.

 

To view segments of the draft zoning code, click any of the links or video below.

Review Session #1

Summer 2021 Zoning Code Community Meetings!

The draft zoning code is nearing completion, and ready for public review and comment. In preparation for presenting the updated code to City Council, city staff facilitated a series of virtual town hall meetings.

To view past meetings, click on the links below to watch the recorded community meetings.

 

Community Meeting #1: Residential Overview & Standards

Tuesday July 6th at 6:00pm: click here to watch the meeting

 

Community Meeting #2: Commercial Overview & Standards

Tuesday July 13th at 6:00pm: click here to watch the meeting

 

Community Meeting #3: Waterbody & Natural Resource Protections

Tuesday July 20th at 6:00pm: click here to watch the meeting

Sign Ordinance

Brooklyn Center’s updated Sign Ordinance is intended to provide improved clarity and ease of guidance around erecting or maintaining signs within the City. The Ordinance seeks to better promote the health, safety, welfare, and convenience of the public while supporting all constitutional free speech rights. 

A draft sign ordinance can be read here.

MRCCA

To protect its local water resources, while ensuring compliance with all state laws, the City will soon be ratifying the Minnesota River Corridor Critical Area Program (MRCCA) ordinance. MRCCA is a state, regional, and local protective guideline, applied to a 71 mile stretch of the Mississippi River. MRCCA provides development standards and criteria along the River, with the goal of protecting water quality and natural habitats. These guidelines were created by the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and requires that each of the 25 metro cities and townships within the MRCCA boundary create and pass MRCCA ordinance. Because of this, the City has limited capacity to adjust and customize requirements beyond what is outlined in state law. 

Additional information for property owners and those along or near the River can be found on the MN DNR website, or the Friends of Mississippi River MRCCA page. 

The links below provide more information on the MRCCA and possible impacts for Brooklyn Center :

*No ordinance has yet been adopted by the City Council. Check back soon for a draft of Brooklyn Center’s MRCCA Ordinance.

Shoreland Ordinance

The other water resource ordinance is an update to the City’s Shoreland Ordinance, to bring it into compliance with State law. The city’s Shoreland Ordinance, which is guided by state statue, creates development provisions around bodies of water while outlining guidance tools for future development, while protecting ecological, recreational, and economic values. These guidelines, also managed by the MN DNR, are established based on the type and classification of the body of water, and impact property owners who own land on or near a body of water. Like the MRCCA ordinance, the City has limited capacity to adjust and customize requirements beyond what is outlined in state law. 

The links below provide more information on the Shoreland Ordinance and possible impacts for Brooklyn Center:

Shoreland Area Map

Additional information for property owners Information and those along or near the River can be found on the MN DNR website. 

*No ordinance has yet been adopted by the City Council. Check back soon for a draft of Brooklyn Center’s Shoreland Ordinance.

Infosheets & Surveys

To be successful, the zoning code should support the needs and desires of city residents. As the city works to finalize zoning code details, it needs input from members of the community.

Several summary educational materials are available to better understand whats in the zoning code, and what implications it may have for the City.

New Zoning Districts

Zoning District Summaries

Draft Zoning Map

 

Residential Materials

Zoning and Housing

Zoning and Housing Standards

Accessory Dwelling Units

 

Commercial Materials

Zoning and Commercial Standards

 

Environmental Protections Materials

Shoreland & MRCCA Infosheet

Water Body Protection Cheat Sheet

Shoreland & MRCCA Districts Map

 

Surveys

The below survey will ask questions about your preference for residential standards, which will help guide housing rules in the zoning code.

Residential Survey

COMMERCIAL SURVEY