Loring Park rezoning study open house set for Aug. 12

The City of Minneapolis is hosting a community open house Wednesday, Aug. 12, 6–8:30 p.m., at the Loring Park Community Center, 1382 Willow St., to collect feedback on a Loring Park rezoning study guided by the neighborhood’s master plan.

The study recommends zoning changes in the neighborhood to encourage development consistent with the neighborhood’s 20-year vision outlined in its master plan, said Beth Elliott, a principal city planner.

Loring Park is an eclectic neighborhood with a lot of mixed uses and the recommended rezoning will continue to reflect that, she said.

A key issue for neighborhood leaders has been debates about the appropriate height of buildings in the neighborhood, particularly in the Loring Hill area. The section of the neighborhood is home to stately mansions and Depression-era apartment buildings. The rezoning study recommends four-story buildings in that area.

The Minneapolis City Council approved the Loring Park Neighborhood Master Plan in 2013 — a vision that put the neighborhood on track to become LEED certified and outlined plans to preserve the historic character of Loring Hill, revitalize the neighborhood’s stretch of Nicollet Avenue, green Harmon Place and make pedestrian infrastructure improvements throughout the neighborhood.

The open house will include a presentation by city staff on the draft rezoning recommendations followed by an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback.

The city’s formal approval process begins Aug. 17 with a 45-day public comment period. A public hearing before the Planning Commission is anticipated for Oct. 19 followed by final action by the City Council in November.

For more information, visit the city’s web page on the rezoning study.