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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:

Project Timeline

Step 1: Set the Stage

Step 2: Develop the Strategy for the Guidelines

Step 3: Develop the Design Guidelines

Step 4: Place the Guidelines into Action

Public Meetings

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.

April 6, 2011 presentation 

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. 

Documents

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.

Strategy 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).

First Draft of Design Guidelines

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:

Second Draft of Design Guidelines

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.

Final Draft of the Design Guidelines

Links to Additional Resources

Contact

Brian Schaffer, AICP, Senior City Planner
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development
Planning Division
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