Heritage Preservation Commission

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



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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:

Send your thoughts to John Smoley via email or call 612-673-2830.

The City is pleased to be participating in a conservation district forum sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s University District Alliance and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs on Friday, March 28. As staff works to revise the latest draft of the ordinance, please consider attending this event. More information.

Please return to this website for project updates, to include future meeting dates and draft ordinances for review.

Last updated Mar. 25, 2014