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POLICY 94

Heritage Preservation Regulation: Improve and adapt heritage preservation and land use regulations to recognize City goals, current preservation practices, and emerging historical contexts.

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Minneapolis has over 1,000 historic properties that embody significant events, development patterns, architecture, and people.  These properties are citywide assets that the City must help steward for generations to come.  Effectively helping steward these properties requires expanding the understanding and appreciation of the significance of the resources, including the importance of materials, details, and designs that convey a property’s identity. It also means allowing historic properties to evolve while protecting them from identity changing alterations.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to improve and adapt heritage preservation and land use regulations to recognize City goals, current preservation practices, and emerging historical contexts.

  1. Revise existing historic district guidelines and require guidelines for all new local districts and landmarks.
  2. Ensure design guidelines reflect and are tailored to protect the criteria of significance for which a property is designated.
  3. Create and use design guidelines for historic landscapes.
  4. Research and modify the preservation and zoning ordinances as they relate to demolition of historic resources and mitigation for demolition.
  5. Develop, refine and apply tools, such as transfer of development rights and historic variances, to retain historic properties.
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