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Density and Housing Options Study: City of Minnetonka.

Author: 
Damiano, Anthony, Kadence Hampton, Wesley Johnson, David White.

Produced by students in PA 5212: Managing Urban Growth and Change (Instructor Ed Goetz, Humphrey School of Public Affairs) as part of the 2012-2013 Resilient Communities Project partnership with the City of Minnetonka.

According to an Opportunities Cities study conducted by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Regional Council of Mayors (RCM), the housing stock in Minnetonka is composed largely of high-priced, single-family homes on large lots.The City has engaged a team of urban planning students from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs to explore best practice strategies that will encourage the development of a diverse range of housing options for residents that have various needs in terms of housing type, size, price, and density.

Depending on what policies are pursued, the expressed need for increased density and diversity of housing is potentially at odds with several of the goals included in the 2030 Comprehensive Guide Plan (Plan): protect and improve natural resources, facilitate the preservation of open space, and preserve the character of existing neighborhoods. However, the goals of the Plan also indicate that residents understand that there is some change that must be considered as the community strives to accommodate growth: embrace the past while valuing diversity and inclusiveness; guide d development to ensure community vitality; promote sustainable development; enhance resident and business mobility with quality roads and transit; and promote a quality and affordable life-cycle housing stock.2

This report begins with an audit of the current policies of the City of Minnetonka as they relate to the framework of Smart Growth in order to identify existing policy areas that may be improved to better provide a diversity of inclusive housing options within Minnetonka. When used in targeted and appropriate areas of Minnetonka, Smart Growth concepts can help the community to move toward achieving its stated goals of accommodating growth while preserving and enhancing the quality of existing neighborhoods and providing new opportunity for diverse groups of people. Furthermore, we provide an overview of the major policy options that exist for increasing housing opportunities based on best practice approaches for mixed use, inclusionary housing, and senior housing.

Publication date: 
2013
Publisher: 
Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project
Sponsor: 
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
Pages: 
80 pp.
Online availability
CURA call number: 
RCP-004

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