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Conservation Design Portfolio. Preserving Minnesota Landscapes through Creative Development. An Introduction.

Minnesota Land Trust.

This Conservation Design Portfolio was created in response to growing concerns over impacts from land development on Minnesota’s natural and cultural resources. The Portfolio is intended to showcase new residential developments that were specifically designed to minimize impacts on the lands and waters that surround them and to positively contribute to the character of the greater community. The Portfolio was designed for a wide audience, including local elected officials, developers, city planning staff and consultants.

Conservation design is the process by which the most ecologically or culturally significant areas of the property are first identified and set aside in preservation areas. Then, buildings, roads and other infrastructure are designed on the least-sensitive areas of the property. The result is a built work that profitably combines development and common open space (often 50% of the site or more), which benefits both the development’s residents and the greater community.

This Portfolio features some of the more successful conservation developments in a series of Case Studies that are printed as loose four-page project sheets. These Case Studies feature both built works and those in various planning stages here in Minnesota. They were selected to demonstrate a diversity of conservation intent, housing markets, size and location. In addition, this Introduction is intended as a brief primer on some of the lessons we have learned in this effort.

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Minnesota Land Trust and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the McKnight Foundation, and the University of Minnesota's Design Institute.
23 pages plus seven 4-page brochures.
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