Zoning Ordinance Updates

The City of Bloomington regularly updates its Zoning Code to address items in the Planning Commission's yearly work plan, direction provided by the City Council, other applications for Zoning Code amendments, and miscellaneous issues that staff has identified.  Sometimes this also includes City Code updates to Chapters outside of the Zoning Code.  

Additionally, the City is engaged in a multiyear effort to update its Zoning Ordinance and related City Code provisions. The current Zoning Ordinance was largely written in the 1950s and has, until recently, never been comprehensively updated. The overall project is divided into many smaller subprojects.  Each year, the City completes several subprojects.  As the update occurs, text is transitioned from Chapter 19 to Chapter 21 of the City Code.

The following projects are underway at this time:

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Zoning Study (underway)

Staff is researching best practices and comparing the City's standards with those of surrounding cities and elsewhere.  Study meetings with the Planning Commission and City Council will be scheduled later this summer to review findings and determine next steps.  Dates for the study meetings will be posted here once scheduled.  

To be notified about upcoming meetings related to Zoning Code amendments, please sign up for email updates by submitting your email in e-subscribe box on the right.

For more information, contact Shawn James, Planner at sjames@bloomingtonmn.gov or 952-563-8918.

Food Truck Standards (on hold)

At its May 18, 2020 public hearing, the City Council decided to continue indefinitely an ordinance addressing standards for food trucks.  Staff anticipates this item to be addressed once food service establishment operations begin to return to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic.  To receive notifications about upcoming meeting agendas, submit your email in the E-Subscribe box in the right column.  

Potential changes include:

  • A new food truck license
  • New standards to allow food trucks to operate outside of special events (with permission of the property owner)

Click here for case file information. 

Below are materials from the May 18, 2020 City Council meeting.

Industrial Impacts Study (underway)

Staff is identifying known issues and outlining ways to address negative impacts of industrial and other uses on nearby residential neighborhoods.  This includes best practices for zoning of data centers, as well as ways to address impacts, such as noise and lighting, of other uses.  Study meetings with the Planning Commission and City Council are anticipated in the coming months, with dates posted here once scheduled. 

To be notified about upcoming meetings related to Zoning Code amendments, please sign up for email updates by submitting your email in e-subscribe box on the right.

For more information, contact Shawn James, Planner at sjames@bloomingtonmn.gov or 952-563-8918.

Time of Sale Energy Disclosure (underway)

Every year over 1,500 homes are sold in Bloomington, and each one is required to have a Time of Sale (TOS) housing evaluation. The purpose of the Time of Sale housing evaluation is to enhance the supply of safe, sanitary, and adequate housing, and to prevent the deterioration of the overall housing stock in the city, thereby protecting the general health, safety and welfare. The evaluation includes a report that provides valuable information to potential buyers regarding the physical condition and necessary repairs of the home. A new energy disclosure component of TOS would provide property buyers with important information on the energy performance of the home, bringing visibility and value to home energy improvements.

This project is led by Public Works staff.  More information can be found by clicking here.

Large Building Benchmarking (underway)

Just as a household may track a financial budget, set goals, see progress over time, and make comparisons, owners of a building can similarly track its energy performance through what is called, benchmarking.  The City of Bloomington is exploring the adoption of a Large Building Benchmarking Program that would require large commercial, multifamily, and public buildings to be benchmarked annually.

The program aims to address the City’s community development and climate goals by helping businesses understand the energy efficiency of their buildings to both control energy costs and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.

This project is led by Public Works staff.  More information can be found by clicking here.

Completed Updates