Heritage Preservation Commission

Public Service Center
250 S. 4th St., Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415



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.

Thank you for your continued interest in the City of Minneapolis’ conservation district ordinance development effort! At this time, the City of Minneapolis’ proposed conservation district ordinance is advancing through the formal review and public hearing process. In May and June the Heritage Preservation Commission, State Historic Preservation Office, and Planning Commission provided positive feedback on the draft ordinance. The Heritage Preservation Commission will consider recommending (to the City Council) adoption of the ordinance at their 4:30 p.m. meeting on July 22 in City Hall room 317. Staff anticipates the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council will review the ordinance at their 9:30 a.m. meeting on August 7, forwarding their recommendation for action by the full City Council at their 9:30 a.m. meeting on August 15. Both meetings will take place in City Hall room 317. For ordinance language, please see:

For more information contact John Smoley via email or call 612-673-2830.

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Last updated Jun 30, 2014