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The revised draft of Minneapolis 2040 was released in Fall 2018 for consideration by the Planning Commission and City Council.  Read more about how to comment on the revised draft plan.

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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.

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 Strengthen existing historic district guidelines and require consistent guidelines for all new local districts and landmarks.
  2. Ensure landmark, historic district, and conservation district design guidelines reflect and are tailored to protect the criteria of significance for which a property is designated.
  3. Identify the character defining features and paramount views of resources as part of the design guideline process.
  4. Create and use design guidelines for historic landscapes.
  5. Research and modify the preservation and zoning ordinances regulations as they relate to demolition of historic resources and mitigation for demolition.
  6. Develop, refine, and apply tools, such as transfer of development rights and historic variances to retain historic properties.
  7. Recruit Heritage Preservation Commissioners that are representative of all residents of the city, including cultural communities, communities of color, indigenous communities, and other communities that have traditionally been underrepresented.
  8. Support preservation education for Heritage Preservation Commission staff and Commissioners.
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