Third Linden Hills Small Area Plan Forum Set for Next Week

Two identical meetings are being held next week, after needing to be rescheduled from earlier in the month.

The road to a small area plan for a handful of Linden Hills business nodes is nearing the end of Phase II.

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) and the City of Minneapolis' Community Development and Economic Development Department is hosting its third public engagment opportunity next week. Two identical community workshops will be held from 6-9 p.m. on April 24 and April 25 in Southwest High School's Media Center, 3414 W. 47th St.

LHiNC began its quest for a small area plan in March 2012 after the controversial Linden Corner development was shot down by the city council. Small area plans are fairly common throughout Minneapolis, and allow neighborhood preferences to be embedded in the city’s zoning code.

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According to the project's website, the community engagement process started with a survey conducted in early February and continued at a community workshop held Feb. 28 where participants discussed local issues and opportunities for the neighborhood's business areas and corridors.

During next week's meetings, the following topics will be explored: 

  • How new development can respect and maintain the existing character of Linden Hills with respect to location, height, length, and massing;
  • Ensuring transitions between new development and smaller-scale adjacent properties;
  • Parking for new businesses and new development;
  • How infrastructure improvements can insure a vibrant future for Linden Hills.

Phase II, which was deemed the "exploring alternatives" part of the five-phase process, will be end in early May with a week-long virual open house.

For more information on the project and to see the next steps, go to LHSAP.org.



  • Linden Corner Project Dead—At Least For Now
  • Linden Hills Small Area Plan Advances
  • Linden Hills: How Do You Stop Future 'Linden Corners?'

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Dave K April 18, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Unfortunately for our neighborhood, the corner of 46th and France isn't as cute as the corner of 43rd and Upton. Instead of the Linden Hills Small Area Plan, thanks to a certain developer we're getting the Linden Hills Great Big Apartment Complex Across the Alley From Our House Plan.
Will Bildsten April 25, 2013 at 06:47 PM
There is much opportunity to attract boutique finance firms to Linden Hills in the future with the right investments. Downtown Wayzata already has many financials offices, but I think they could be very attractive here in the city as well. Any general development plan to increase Southwest's property values and high-dollar industries would help Minneapolis as a whole and allow other parts of the city to begin gentrification.


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