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A Note From Steve About the Comprehensive Plan

Back in March, the Planning Department released a first draft of the City's 2040 Comprehensive Plan after two years of community feedback. It includes policy best practices and a clear vision for equity and sustainability, with a set of guiding goals and specific policy ideas that, if we can move them into action, would mean great things for Minneapolis.

As I said then, and continue to think now: this document is very, very good, but it's not perfect. That's why we're in the midst of gathering another four months of community feedback through an unprecedented community outreach effort.

My office has received several requests -- mostly from outside the Ward, but also some from Ward 3 residents -- asking for an extension to the current public comment period. While I understand and agree with the desire to ensure as much opportunity for feedback as possible, I don't think we should delay the process further, and I want to share why.

The Comprehensive Plan is a statement of values and vision, and it is a policy roadmap for the City in numerous areas for the next ten years. Much of what we seek to address as City government -- from housing to transportation to energy and climate change -- will be affected by the Comp Plan, and is at least a little bit on hold until we adopt it.

This plan is so important to the City, and that's why City staff started our community engagement process over two years ago, in April of 2016. By mid-July, City staff will have held or attended 100+ meetings, open houses, festivals, pop-up meetings, Ward meetings, neighborhood meetings, and other community gatherings, including the Community Engagement meetings in May. I hosted Long Range Planning Director Heather Worthington as our featured guest to discuss the Comp Plan at Kramarczuk’s the week the draft was released, and I’m working with St. Anthony East and Beltrami to organize one additional community meeting on June 28th (details below). I believe we’ve created a LOT of great opportunities to provide comment, and I hope you take full advantage of the opportunity to be heard.

After the comments are received, City staff will review their content, process them, and utilize them to create a final draft. Once the public comment period ends on July 22, it will still be several months before a final draft is adopted by the City Council. The Comp Plan Draft will be presented to the City Planning Commission and the City Council for consideration in October and November of this year, respectively. That process will include at least one public hearing, and testimony will be allowed in person and in writing, providing additional opportunity for comment.

You can read all of the comments received so far, verbatim, at this link: If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see the Phase Engagement Summaries and Raw Data. The Raw Data has all comments, transcribed verbatim, from every source (e-mail, online, post-it notes, etc.) that has been collected throughout the entire process. 

Comments will be collected at public meetings as well as online through July 22, 2018. ALL of that feedback will be taken into consideration as City staff revise the plan for our City Council consideration later in the year.

The Minneapolis 2040 website is designed to gather feedback, and be an interactive way for us to continue the conversation about our city's values and vision. You can comment in many different places on the website, through the green dialogue boxes. Please do give your feedback on the website, by email to, or on Twitter: #Mpls2040 @Mpls2040. I also encourage you to continue to share your thoughts with me directly -- via email or phone, or in person around Ward 3.

En Avant,


Resolution in Support of Working People and Collective Bargaining

Council Member Fletcher presents a Resolution in Support of Working People and Collective Bargaining


On Friday, May 25, I was proud to sponsor a resolution in support of our City's public employees, our public employee unions, and all working people's right to form strong unions and bargain collectively.

Strong unions give working people – particularly women and people of color – a powerful voice to speak up, ensure they are treated with dignity and respect at work, and gain the power in numbers to reduce racial and gender disparities with good jobs for everyone in our communities.

Public workers organizing together have been at the forefront of peoples’ struggles for racial, gender, and economic justice throughout our history – from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s support of Memphis sanitation workers before his assassination to this year’s teacher strikes in states across the country.

Collective bargaining agreements provide the City of Minneapolis with confidence that labor peace will be maintained and that solutions will be embraced by City employees for smooth delivery of services. Our City's union partners often provide needed research, innovation and guidance on rules, regulations, safety and best practices that enable the City of Minneapolis to save money and deliver services more efficiently to taxpayers.

In short, our City's public employee unions make our goals more possible through their hard work every day.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which could threaten the strength and integrity of those collective bargaining agreements and the benefits they provide to the City of Minneapolis and to thousands of City employees.

Last November, the Minneapolis City Council authorized the City Attorney to provide an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the City in this case, in support of the constitutionality of union security provisions for public employees. I am glad the new City Council took the opportunity to reaffirm that support and I am proud to stand with them every day.


Minneapolis Raises Tobacco Sales Age to 21

City Council raises tobacco sales age to 21

On Friday the 25th, the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey changed the City ordinance governing tobacco sales to raise the age from 18 to 21. This change will go into effect on October 1.

Tobacco use is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. and Minnesota; in Hennepin County, one in seven adult deaths is attributed to smoking. Nearly all adult smokers – 95 percent – started smoking before age 21, and nicotine is addictive.

Raising the age for tobacco sales is the right thing to do for the health of young people in Minneapolis and the right thing to do for public health in our city as a whole, and I was glad to support this ordinance change.

This ordinance came about with advocacy leadership from the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota, Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, and the Minneapolis Youth Congress. The coalition supporting the ordinance change also included: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association-Minnesota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, ClearWay Minnesota, Health Partners, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, MAD DADS, Minneapolis Academy of Family Physicians, Stair Step Foundation, Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services of Minnesota, Tobacco-Free Alliance, and Twin Cities Medical Society.

Minneapolis joins California, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine and New Jersey in raising the minimum age to 21. Seven other Minnesota cities have raised the tobacco sales age to 21: Bloomington, Edina, Falcon Heights, North Mankato, Plymouth, Shoreview and St. Louis Park.

"The State of our City is Poised"

Mayor Frey gives his first State of the City address

In his first State of the City address, Mayor Jacob Frey announced new policy initiatives including the Minneapolis Stable Homes, Stable Schools initiative aimed at promoting housing stability for Minneapolis Public School students and their families and a new policy wherein Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) squad cars will be outfitted with language – in both Spanish and English – detailing an undocumented person’s rights as far as they relate to Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE).

Frey also reinforced his commitment to advancing his administration’s top priorities: Expanding access to affordable housing, improving police-community relations, and fueling economic growth through inclusion.

Miss the State of the City address? Watch a video or read the full text of Mayor Frey’s 2018 State of the City address.


Minneapolis Declares June 2018 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual Pride Month

Minneapolis has approved a resolution declaring June 2018 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual Pride Month in Minneapolis. The declaration coincides with the Twin Cities Pride celebration, which is held annually in June and is the largest outdoor festival in the city. The City encourages residents and visitors to participate in the numerous activities celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the city and in the ongoing work of leading Minnesota toward full LGBT equality.

The City of Minneapolis has a long history of supporting LGBT rights. The resolution notes that in 2017 the City Council approved the creation of the Transgender Equity Council, which was intended to serve as an advisory board to the City and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board on matters of importance to the transgender community.

In 2014, Minneapolis was part of a partnership with the Minneapolis School District and numerous organizations that successfully advocated at the State Capitol for passage of the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, which focuses on bullying prevention in Minnesota schools.

The City of Minneapolis has been steadfast in its commitment to full legal equality for same-sex couples, and in particular to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage, as well as a public and vocal proponent of the marriage equality statute passed in 2013 by the Minnesota State Legislature and signed by the governor.

In 1975 Minneapolis was the first city in Minnesota to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, a position subsequently adopted by numerous Minnesota cities and the State itself.

Neighborhoods 2020 Work Groups

On May 14, 2018 NCR presented the updated Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap and public comments to the PECE committee of the Minneapolis City Council. PECE approved the establishment of  work groups to develop the next stage of Neighborhoods 2020 policy.

The Neighborhoods 2020 web page has been updated with the revised roadmapwork group overview and applicationpublic comment reportPECE presentationPECE video and an updated timeline.

NCR is excited to invite neighborhoods and residents to get involved in the next steps, which you can view in the adjacent timeline. From June to August, groups will develop policy, and from August to November, they will solicit public comment on their drafts. The work team will include the following three work groups:

  1. Program Guidelines, Funding and Implementation (16 members)
  2. Governance Advisory Structure for Neighborhood and Community Engagement (17 members)
  3. Citywide Community Engagement Policy (16 members)

Apply by 4:30 P.M. on Monday, June 18, 2018 to serve for six months on one of the inaugural Neighborhoods 2020 work groups. You can submit your application via email to or by postal mail or in person to 105 5th Ave. S. Suite 425, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Overview and application form


City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Protecting Renters Takes Effect

Enforcement of the City’s amended civil rights ordinance prohibiting public assistance discrimination in housing, including discrimination against renters who participate in the Section 8 program, has taken effect. Families in Minneapolis who participate in public assistance programs face an especially challenging task of finding affordable housing in Minneapolis.

The housing discrimination amendments to the civil rights ordinance, approved by the City Council in March 2017, prohibit landlords from denying public assistance participants the opportunity to apply for available housing, or refusing to rent to potential tenants because of the requirements of a public assistance program. The amendments also prohibit landlords from imposing unique rental standards or otherwise treating potential public assistance tenants differently from other tenants.

Landlords, however, still maintain the ability to screen all prospective tenants as permitted by law.

The Minneapolis civil rights ordinance has always prohibited discrimination based on a person’s receipt of public assistance. The amendments that took effect May 1 continue with that tradition. Sixty other states and cities across the country have similar protections against discrimination.

People can report violations of the ordinance by calling 311 or the Civil Rights Department at 612-673-3012. People may also report violations in person at City Hall, Room 239, or online.

Minimum Wage Increases on July 1 at All Minneapolis Workplaces

Minneapolis Minimum Wage Increases on July 1st

On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Minneapolis is going up to $10.25 for small employers and $11.25 for large employers.

The Minneapolis minimum wage defines “small” businesses as 100 or fewer employees and “large” businesses as more than 100 employees.

The minimum wage ordinance applies to people working in Minneapolis. Workers who work fewer than two hours in Minneapolis in a week are not covered by the ordinance. Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of a minimum wage.

The City’s Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage, and workers are encouraged to report violations online.

Minneapolis’ minimum wage ordinance comes as inequality climbs nationally, and more than 84,000 people in Minneapolis earn incomes below the federal poverty level. Inaction by federal and state governments has prompted more cities throughout the country to enact their own laws.

Increases in Minneapolis’ minimum wage will benefit tens of thousands of families. Forty-one percent of all black workers and 54 percent of all Latino workers (compared to only 17 percent of all white workers) in Minneapolis previously earned less than $15 per hour and will receive raises.

The ordinance supports the City’s goals of promoting economic inclusion and reducing economic and racial disparities.

For more information about the ordinance, visit For additional questions call 311 or email

The Commons 2018 Summer Season Kicks Off Now

Green Minneapolis has announced a lineup of events happening at The Commons throughout the 2018 season. Starting now, folks can play ping pong, build with Big Blue Blocks, choose from the games cart or pick up a book – for free.

Events include movies, musical performances, fitness classes, book club and a weekly evening Mill City Farmers Market.

Visitors to The Commons can bring and drink their own alcoholic beverages during designated events, including the film screenings (June 19, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 16) and a performance by the Minnesota Sinfonia (June 12).The Commons will also host events produced by others, including Northern Spark; Carry On Homes, the 2018 Creative City Challenge winner; and Vikings home game activations.

You can find a full schedule of happenings at

The Commons is a 4.2-acre public green space in downtown Minneapolis. Spanning two city blocks, the park is an active space for the public to play and relax. The Commons is operated and programmed by Green Minneapolis on behalf of the City of Minneapolis. Learn more at or follow @commonsmpls.


Ward 3 Comprehensive Plan Forum

Please join me for a forum on the City Comprehensive Plan, co-sponsored by Beltrami and St. Anthony East Neighborhood Associations:

Thursday, June 28

5:30 - 7:00 P.M.

East Side Neighborhood Services, 1700 NE 2nd St

The event will open with an open house with City staff from 5:30 to 6:00, followed by a Q&A with Council Member Fletcher and City planning staff. Watch our Facebook page for more info!

You can also give us your feedback online at Public feedback on the draft plan is being collected until July 22.

Northeast Forum with Council Members Fletcher & Reich, and Mayor Frey

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District (Northeast AD), Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, and the Ritz Theater will host a public forum:

Tuesday, June 12

The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE

Doors open at 6:00 P.M.

Forum starts at 6:30

After-Party at Rogue Buddha Gallery to follow

At the forum, the Northeast Arts District and the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce will reveal the data from the recent survey of artists in the arts community. The survey was meant to give us a snapshot of the arts community today and how we interact with the rest of Northeast.

All residents are invited to attend and ask questions about what you want to see in policy for the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.


Next East of the River Park Master Plan meeting is June 13

Thank you to all of the community members working together to create the East of the River Park Master Plan! The next East of the River Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled for:

Wednesday, June 13

6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Northeast Recreation Center, 1530 Johnson St. NE

This meeting will focus on operations and maintenance of parks, as well as a discussion about the guiding principles for the Master Plan. As usual, the CAC meeting is open to the public, with free dinner and children’s activities.

Meeting notes and other materials from the last CAC meeting have been posted online. Click the link below to view.


East of the River Park Master Plan Bus Tour

SAVE THE DATE for the July Community Advisory Committee meeting, which is the long-awaited bus tour of NE/SE parks! We will review two concepts per park and ask for your input on the designs at each location.

WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 10 am-3 pm. 

The tour is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here!


Good Morning Ward 3 at Kramarczuk's


TOPIC: State Legislative Session Debrief with Special Guest Gene Ranieri, Minneapolis Director of Intergovernmental Relations

Good Morning Ward 3

Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Kramarczuk's Sausage Company, 215 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414


We will discuss what happened -- and all that did not -- during the 2018 state legislative session and how it will affect the City and Minneapolis residents.

Coffee With Your Council Member

Council Member Fletcher will hold regular open community office hours at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at a rotating neighborhood coffee shop in Ward 3 for constituents to drop by, get to know him, ask questions, and raise any issues you see in the community.

All are welcome! RSVP on Facebook or just show up. If you want to discuss a specific issue or project, email and we'll add you to the agenda.

  • June 6 – The Commons, 425 Portland Ave S, table in the NE corner on Portland Ave and 4th St, 55415 (weather permitting)
  • June 13 – In the Loop Coffee Co., 708 N 1st St, 55401 (dog friendly)
  • June 20 – Glam Doll Donuts, 519 Central Ave NE, 55413
  • June 27 – The Purple Onion Café, 1301 University Ave SE #1, 55414

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for all the details on future scheduled events, or contact our office at 612-673-2203.


If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate or if you need information in an alternative format, please contact 311 (612-673-3000). TTY users call 612-673-2157.

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