Advancing Racial Equity Through Land-Use Planning
PAS Memo — May-June 2021
By Paul Mogush, AICP
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In the fall of 2016, planning staff at the City of Minneapolis were given their marching orders for updating the city's comprehensive plan: Develop a plan that addresses racial equity, housing affordability, and climate change — with racial equity at the top of the list.
Fast forward two years and the result was a comprehensive plan that gained national attention for eliminating single-family zoning, making Minneapolis the first major city in the United States to make such a move. Many have asked: How did that happen?
This PAS Memo answers that question. It begins with a summary of the housing crisis facing Minneapolis, the racial disparities that cause that crisis to disproportionately impact people of color, and the historical context of racist housing policies that contributed to the current situation. It outlines the approach the Minneapolis 2040 plan and subsequent zoning reforms have taken to help overcome these disparities and atone for past injustice, including the process that created it. The Memo closes by sharing specific tools Minneapolis is using to implement this approach and offering other action steps that planners can take to adapt these ideas to their own communities.
About the Author
Paul Mogush, AICP
Paul Mogush, AICP, is the Manager of Community Planning at the City of Minneapolis, where he has worked as a planner for 14 years. The Community Planning team led the development of Minneapolis 2040, the City’s progressive comprehensive plan that focuses on racial equity, housing affordability, and climate change. In addition to his work at the City of Minneapolis, Paul has been active with the Minnesota chapter of the American Planning Association and the Minnesota Design Team. Paul holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Minnesota.