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Neighborhood Conservation Districts as Community-Engaged Preservation Planning.

Date and time: 
November 19, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm


  • Greg Donofrio, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director Heritage Preservation and Conservation Program, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design
  • Jessie McClurg, Assoc. AIA, Graduate Research Assistant

Jessie McClurg and Greg Donofrio presented their research findings based on a series of case studies of conservation districts across the United States. Conservation districts are a planning tool commonly used to preserve distinct neighborhood characteristics. Although not yet widely used in Minnesota, several Twin Cities’ neighborhoods have expressed an interest in exploring the implementation of conservation districts as a more flexible alternative to local historic district designation and review procedures. The objective of the study was to summarize the wide range of approaches for creating and maintaining neighborhood conservation districts. Telephone interviews were conducted with residents and administrative members of conservation districts to understand how the districts were established and how they are currently functioning. The team also examined several Minneapolis neighborhoods that have developed and implemented their own voluntary design guidelines to encourage preservation of existing architecture and compatible new construction.

The PowerPoint presentation and final project report from this Housing Forum are available for download (PDF format):

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