Mixed Use Planning

Getting Ahead of the Trends, Implementing Our Vision

Mixed Use zoning districts are a planning strategy and land use practice that promotes a walkable built environment, infill development and redevelopment, and increased density of development. Burnsville’s MIX district is regulated by Title 10, Chapter 22C of the Burnsville City Code and the intent is to promote integrated land uses where residential land uses can be combined into neighborhoods with retail, office, entertainment, and recreational facilities in close proximity to transit.  


The City Council approved the Comprehensive Plan Amendment to the Future Land Use Guide Plan to change the guided land use categories that were part of this initiative at their April 20, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting. The City's approval was subject to approval by the Metropolitan Council in order to place the Comprehensive Plan Amendment into effect. After time spent reviewing the City of Burnsville's application, the Metropolitan Council approved the Land Use map changes and the City Council went forward to adopt the Resolution affirming the Comprehensive Plan Amendment at the August 17, 2021 City Council Meeting. The Final Resolution and review by the Metropolitan Council can be seen as an attachment to the City Council Agenda


Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update

Monday, April 12, 2021
Planning Commission Meeting
View the Background, Minutes, and Video of the Public Hearing here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
City Council Meeting
View the Background and Minutes here.

Zoning Map Update

Monday, September 27, 2021
Planning Commission Meeting
View the Background, Minutes, and Video of the Public Hearing here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
City Council Meeting
View the Background here.

Future Zoning Code Changes

Once the Comprehensive Plan changes have been made, City Staff will work to amend the zoning district for the sites to be consistent with the new “Mixed Use” land use. These zoning changes are anticipated in September-October 2021. Mixed Use development benefits these qualities:

  • Social 
    • Promote public health and healthy communities
    • Unique sense of community and place
  • Environmental 
    • Sustainability
    • Compact and transit-accessible
    • Pedestrian-oriented 
  • Fiscal Economics 
    • Create and/or enhance economic value

If you have questions about the changes or about the public hearing, please contact Sarah Madden, City Planner at Sarah.madden@burnsvillemn.gov or 952-895-4424.

Other Opportunities for Mixed Use in Burnsville

The long-term vision for Burnsville Center area imagines a redeveloped and revitalized urban village known as the Center Village. The area could include a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) transit station as part of a future expansion of the Orange Line. This area is currently in the works as a Mixed use zoning district pending Metropolitan Council approval. That amendment guides the properties north of County Road 42 and south of McAndrews with Interstate 35 and the west side of County Road 5 as boundaries to Mixed Use. Instead of recreating the wheel, the City may one day extend the new TOD (Transit Oriented Development) zoning district to include Burnsville Center and other areas of the city.

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