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B. O. Cutter house, image courtesy of Hennepin County Library
Conservation District Ordinance
Change may be inevitable, but not all change is good. Appropriate changes need appropriate guidelines, especially when the changes affect the visual character of notable areas of our community. The City of Minneapolis has embarked upon a conservation district development program. Using public input, the City has developed an ordinance designed to conserve notable visual character in a manner that offers more protections than the zoning code, but fewer protections than historic district design guidelines.
Under the proposed ordinance, two-thirds of property owners in a contiguous area with notable visual character would have the opportunity to request conservation district status. Design guidelines to regulate changes in conservation districts would be developed jointly by City staff and property owners prior to the establishment of a district.
Please consider sharing your ideas on the proposed ordinance:
- An amendment to the City’s existing Heritage Preservation Regulations. (Changes are reflected in the document)
- Additional program standards that would be incorporated into application forms.
Send your thoughts to John Smoley or share them in person at the next public meeting, to be held at 4:30 p.m., January 28, 2014, in City Hall Room 319. John may also be reached at 612-673-2830. Comments on this draft of the ordinance will be accepted through February 4, 2014.
Please return to this website for project updates, to include future meeting dates and draft ordinances for review.
Last updated Jan. 16, 2014