MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It may soon be easier for fraternities and sororities to open or expand chapter houses around the University of Minnesota, thanks to proposed changes to Minneapolis' zoning code.
The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2m6vncg ) reports the proposal is aimed at helping the university's growing Greek community. It would allow chapter houses to be taller, house more people and be on smaller lots.
Minneapolis' planning commission signed off on the changes earlier this month. The City Council will have final approval.
Maggie Towle, associate vice provost for student life, says students, alumni and the administration drove the push for the changes.
The university's fraternity and sorority life office says Greek membership has grown from 6 percent of undergraduates to about 11 percent since 2011.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com