Two environmentalist groups have filed a lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court seeking to stop a proposed plan by Minneapolis to allow for more housing construction. The proposal pitched as Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, according to Courthouse News Service, would rezone some areas of the city to allow for more housing construction while relaxing environmental rules. However, land-use development in city limits would be regulated for at least up to ten years.
Environmentalists with Smart Growth Minneapolis and the city’s Audubon Club chapter contend that relaxing environmental rules would lead to reduced open green space, a large reduction of trees and jeopardize protections for waterways such as creeks and lakes. In their minds, the wants or needs of humans much be sacrificed for the greater glory of nature since environmentalists hate the idea of people being able to build or live anywhere they want.