EXCERPT: “Two statewide bird conservation groups and local environmentalists claim Minneapolis’ proposed rezoning plan would increase housing density and relax regulations at the expense of natural resources such as trees and lakes. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court argues the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan is the biggest ‘upzoning’ proposal in any U.S. city and has not undergone a proper environmental review. Upzoning means changing zoning in a certain area from residential to commercial, which often causes more congestion. The Minneapolis City Council is likely to approve the plan Friday, which will make room for about 150,000 new housing units and allow upzoning increases up to 435 percent in some residential areas, according environmental advocates.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2AS2Q2A