Update of the Design Guidelines for the St. Anthony Falls Historic District
The City of Minneapolis will be working on a project to develop new design guidelines for the St. Anthony Falls Historic District.
The current St. Anthony Falls Historic District Design Guidelines were adopted by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission in 1980. In the three decades since the existing design guidelines were adopted, the district has seen dramatic change. Access to and interaction with the falls and the river has evolved, infrastructure has been added, project plans have been developed and realized, and the understanding and knowledge of the historic resources in the district have increased.
The update to the design guidelines will take a holistic approach toward the many features that make up the essential character of the district – one that balances preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation with the opportunity that comes from integrating new infrastructure, new uses, higher densities, new buildings, and new landscapes. In order to create and sustain economically successful places, it has become critical to evaluate and carefully consider how entire environments function as a diverse, but unified cultural landscape. New design guidelines need to address the entire cultural landscape of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District to steward the entire collection of resources into the Twenty-First Century.
Historic district design guidelines are a local policy and regulatory tool used in decision-making to evaluate alterations and new development within the historic district. The new design guidelines will include guidance on the following:
- Archaeological sites and sites of specific cultural/historical significance
- Existing and new infrastructure; sites of specific engineering and transportation significance
- Natural features and open space
- Existing buildings and the construction of new buildings; sites of specific architectural significance
Step 1: Set the Stage
- Duration: Mid-March 2011 – Mid-April 2011
- Public Workshop: April 6, 2011
- Build understanding of existing conditions in the district, including the physical character and cultural assets. Evaluate existing guidelines, plans, policies and related documents
Step 2: Develop the Strategy for the Guidelines
- Duration: Mid-April – Mid-May 2011
- Public Workshop: April 25, 2011
- Define the vision and guiding principles, establish policies for treating views and sub-areas, and establish a framework for the guidelines
Step 3: Develop the Design Guidelines
- Duration: Mid-May 2011 – May 2012
- Public Workshop: March 28, 2012 - Review and Discuss Draft of Design Guidelines
- Develop and revise draft of the design guidelines with input from advisory groups, the HPC, and the public.
Step 4: Place the Guidelines into Action
- Duration: May 2012- July 2012
- HPC Public Hearing on Adoption: July 2012
- Guidelines reviewed by State Historic Preservation Office and by HPC
Community Meeting #1
On April 6, 2011, the Community Planning and Economic Development Department held a public meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Mill City Museum on the project. The purpose of this meeting was to review the history of the area, why the area is significant to Minneapolis's Heritage, and to introduce the project to develop the historic district design guidelines.
Community Meeting #2
Community Meeting #2 occurred on April 25, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. April 25, 2011 Agenda
Community Meeting #3
Community Meeting #3 occurred on March 28, 2012. In this meeting the second draft of the design guidelines were reviewed and discussed. The second draft of the design guidelines is linked below for viewing and downloading. Comments on the draft guidelines can be made using the online survey also linked below.
Design Guideline Strategy Paper
At its May 10, 2011 meeting, the Heritage Preservation Commission reviewed and commented on the Strategy Paper. The purpose of the Strategy Paper is to set the approach to develop design guidelines, establish specific design policies and establish the format and structure of the guidelines. The document summarizes the public input received up to the time of the development of the paper.
First Draft of the Design Guidelines
In November and December 2011 the first draft for the design guidelines was formally reviewed by the Heritage Preservation Commission and the Technical Advisory Group (TAG).
Second Draft of the Design Guidelines
The second draft for the design guidelines were reviewed and discussed in a Public Meeting on March 28, 2012. Comments on the second draft of the design guidelines can be provided in several ways:
- In person in the public meeting.
- Online via an online survey that is available March 29 through April 18th.
- By contacting the project manager, Brian Schaffer. See below for contact information.
Final Draft of the Design Guidelines
On September 24, 2012 the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) will hold a public hearing on the adoption of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District Design Guidelines. The final draft of the design guidelines are linked below. Comments on the final draft of the design guidelines can be provided at the public hearing or writing to the project manager, Brian Schaffer, using the contact information at the bottom of the page.
Links to Additional Resources
- Map: St Anthony Falls Historic District
- Existing St Anthony Falls Historic District Design Guidelines
- St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board
- Power of the Falls: Renewing the Vision for St. Anthony Falls Heritage Zone
- Archaeology of the Minneapolis Central RiverfrontMNRRA Historic Resources Study: Chapter 6- St Anthony Falls: Timber Flour and Electricity
- Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District Design Guidelines
- MNRRA Historic Resources Study: Chapter 6- St Anthony Falls: Timber Flour and Electricity
- Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District Design Guidelines
Brian Schaffer, AICP, Senior City Planner
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development
250 South 4 th Street, Room 110, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2670 Fax: (612) 673-2526
Online information from the City of Minneapolis at MinneapolisMN.gov/CPED
Last updated Aug 24, 2012