Community Planning

Community Planning


Community engagement is the foundation of the organization and the work that is accomplished in Elliot Park.  Decisions that affect the neighborhood are made by the people who live and work in the community.  Volunteers have a long and strong history working together to improve neighborhood livability.  Their influence continues to successfully shape this urban neighborhood and the documents that follow are a demonstration of both their experience and their vision.


We welcome new businesses and residents to Elliot Park.  If you are interested in opening a business or developing a neighborhood property we encourage you to become familiar with these community planning documents.  If your project requires city permits or variances you are required to consult with EPNI at the beginning of your application process.  Please contact EPNI for assistance and advice regarding neighborhood and city review procedures.  612.335.5846 ext 18

Housing Guidelines newly adopted by the EPNI Board of Directors, November 2013:

Housing Guidelines Final Adopted 11-2013
Housing Guidelines MAPS 1
Housing Guidelines MAPS 2-A
Housing Guidelines MAPS 2-B
Housing Guidelines MAPS 3

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. and the Minnesota Vikings Joint Tailgating Proposal adopted by the EPNI Board of Directors, September 2014  FINAL Approved Tailgating w-Map

Read our position statement on:
The Medtrodome and the Future Development of Elliot Park and Downtown East

Learn about DEEP –  Downtown East Elliot Park:

The Downtown East Elliot Park (DEEP) Framework Initiative is a vision for an integrated and connected complete community in the Elliot Park and Downtown East neighborhoods. Presently dominated by surface parking lots, institutional (Hennepin County Medical Center) and event venue (the Metrodome) mega-structures, the DEEP District’s proximity to downtown Minneapolis, the Riverfront, and the University of Minnesota offers promising opportunities for developing a unique and sustainable new urban community. The DEEP “Imperative” and “Opportunity” brochures graphically promote this proposal for new development and encourage the public-private partnerships to get it done.  Please refer to the DEEP District page for more information about the projects related to DEEP.

DEEP: The Imperative
DEEP: The Opportunity Part One

DEEP: The Opportunity Part Two

Elliot Park Neighborhood Urban Design Guidelines:  The Centennial Commons

Completed in 2008, this publication defines the vision of the 2002 Master Plan.  As noted in the Preface, “These design guidelines are meant to honor both the history and the aspirations of our community.  The principles and practices suggested in this book are an invitation to the urban planning, design and development communities to collaborate with Elliot Park in applying them as guidelines to explore new, successful ways to create the places that make our neighborhood a sustainable and livable community.”

Elliot Park Neighborhood Master Plan

This work is the result of hundreds of hours community volunteer time devoted to participation in workshops that focused on determining and expressing the neighborhood identity and culture.  The Master Plan was approved by the EPNI Board of Directors in June, 2002.  On April 4, 2003 it was adopted by the Minneapolis City Council to be codified into the The Minneapolis Plan, the primary planning document for the City.

South 9th Street Historic District

Elliot Park A Neighborhood Caring for its Community

East Downtown Parking Lot Study

Neighborhood Revitalization Program: Phase II Action Plan

After EPNI completed its Phase I review in 2004 a steering committee was appointed by the board to begin planning for Phase II.  The committee members reviewed the developments and changes that had occurred in Elliot Park since the initiation of NRP.  They then evaluated the impact of Phase I goals and strategies and reviewed the neighborhood vision as defined in the newly completed Elliot Park Neighborhood Master Plan.  The Phase II Action Plan was adopted and approved at a community meeting in November, 2005.

Neighborhood Revitalization Program: Phase I Review

Late in 2002 EPNI began a lengthy process to review the previous decade-long work of the organization that was achieved through the support of the City of Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program.  This report was approved at the May, 2004 Annual Meeting.