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.  

Ongoing 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 City Council approval. That zoning map amendment rezones 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.

The City of Burnsville is initiating a zoning map change of these properties to Mixed Use identified in the maps below. 

The proposed changes are consistent with the City Council adopted 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the Center Village Redevelopment Vision. The Comprehensive Plan was amended to change the guided land use of these properties prior to this rezoning application. The City Council adopted a Resolution to approve the Comprehensive Plan Amendment on December 3, 2019. After a period of study and review which included the Burnsville Center Village Area Traffic Study, and an Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR), the Metropolitan Council authorized the City of Burnsville to place the Comprehensive Plan Amendment into effect. The City Council adopted the Center Village Comprehensive Plan Amendment on December 7, 2021 to change the land use designation of these properties to Mixed Use (MIX), including 164.87 acres of Business/Retail/Office (BUS) and 5.91 acres of Low Density Residential (LDR). The history and Agenda Background Report from this meeting can be found at this link: December 7, 2021 City Council Meeting

Next steps in this process are for the City to review a Zoning Map Amendment to change the zoning on the subject properties to MIX - Mixed Use District to be consistent with the previously approved land use and adopted vision plan. 

A Virtual Open House will be held on Thursday, February 24th at 5:30 PM via Zoom to learn more about the proposed changes. Anyone who is interested in learning about the changes may attend. 

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A formal Public Hearing on the proposed changes is scheduled for March 14, 2022 and a public notice will be sent to property owners in the area closer to that date. If you have questions about the changes or about the public hearing, but cannot attend the Virtual Open House, please contact Sarah Madden, City Planner at Sarah.madden@burnsvillemn.gov or 952-895-4424.


2022 Mixed Use Changes - Center Village/County Road 42 Retail Corridor

Thursday, February 24, 2022
Virtual Open House

Monday, March 14, 2022
Planning Commission Meeting
The Background Report will be available soon. 

A map showing the areas north of County Road 42, west of Interstate 35W, south of McAndrews Rd and east of County Road 5 including the properties on the west of County Road 5.  The map shows the desig

2021 Mixed Use Changes

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 and Minutes here.

2021 Mixed Use - Complete!

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. The City Council approved the rezoning of the scattered sites across Burnsville at the Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting. 

The original interactive map showing the Comprehensive Plan Amendment - Land Use Change can be found below. 

If you have trouble viewing the map below, click here to view it in full screen.