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Conservation Districts

  • 1.  Conservation Districts

    Posted 01-10-2018 08:27
    Hello Forum,

    I am interested in examples (where located, code, guidelines, how enforced, etc), experiences, and thoughts relative to Conservation Districts. If you have experience with them would you be so kind as to share with me?

    Thank you.

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    Jennifer Metz
    Principal
    Past Perfect, Inc.
    Grand Rapids MI
    (616)581-4416
    pastperfectinc.com
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  • 2.  RE: Conservation Districts

    Posted 01-11-2018 10:42

    Is this the kind of thing you're looking for? Krisana Park is a mid-century neighborhood in Denver. I had the opportunity to tour the neighborhood last year during the Saving Places  conference. 

    I don't know how effective it's been, how hard it was to pass or any of that info. From what I remember, property owners can still add additions (but only in the rear and only up to a certain height) and they can still demolish their properties. But the height limits and design guidelines remained in place for new construction, which they hoped would be enough to discourage demos. 

    I'm eager to hear of more examples. We've been wondering about seeking conservation overlays in Fort Collins as well. 

    https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/646/documents/Zoning/text_amendments/Amd_10_KP_CC_111716.pdf

    https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/646/documents/Zoning/text_amendments/Amd_10_KP_CC_111716.pdf
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    Meg Dunn
    Fort Collins CO
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  • 3.  RE: Conservation Districts

    Posted 01-12-2018 08:59

    Here in Venice, Florida we have historic districts, but we also have several architectural districts and overlays.  The historic districts fall under the purview of historic preservation board, but the others  to the architectural review board.  These other districts and overlays have overriding statutes to have areas comply to a certain look or design.

     

    https://library.municode.com/fl/venice/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=SPBLADERE_CH86LADECO_ARTVUSRE_DIV7SPOVZODI_S86-122VUVEURDEDI

     

     

    Harry Klinkhamer

    Historical Resources Manager

    City of Venice

    941-486-2490

    hklinkhamer@venicegov.com

     

    Venice Museum & Archives

    http://www.venicemuseum.org/

    City of Venice

    http://venicegov.com

     

     






  • 4.  RE: Conservation Districts

    Posted 01-11-2018 11:30
    Dear Jennifer,

    I am inserting a link here to the City of St. Louis Missouri's  Housing Conservation District occupancy permit application process.  At the top you'll find a link to the ordinance which hopefully will answer most of the questions you have about the process.



    https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/public-safety/building/housing-conservation.cfm

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    Bill Hart, Executive Director
    Missouri Preservation
    preservemo10@yahoo.com

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  • 5.  RE: Conservation Districts

    Posted 01-11-2018 13:02
    Thank you Meg and Bill,

    Yes these are great! Meg -- what you sent was what I understood Conservation Districts to be a sort of lighter preservation ordinance. Bill, in St. Louis is seems more of a title that encompasses general building code inspection requirements and most of the city falls under the designation? It does not seem to address massing or scale or demo - am I correct in that interpretation?

    Thank you both for taking the time.

    Best,

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    Jennifer Metz
    Principal
    Past Perfect, Inc.
    Grand Rapids MI
    (616)581-4416
    pastperfectinc.com
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  • 6.  RE: Conservation Districts

    Posted 01-12-2018 00:37
    Edited by Meg Dunn 01-12-2018 00:40

    Yes, that's how I think of it, too -- preservation lite. 

    If you'd like a version of conservation that's ultra lite, you could check out what Fort Collins has. The pre-WWII neighborhoods have been zoned as Neighborhood Conservation Medium density (NCM) and Neighborhood Conservation Low density (NCL) and there are some requirements for articulation, front porches, solar access and FAR as a percentage of lot size. This has also come with design guidelines for compatible development (which are completely optional). But these "restrictions" are very generous and allow for buildings easily 3 or 4 times larger than the historic structures.  Most preservationists in town see all of this more as band-aid measures than anything effective. 

    If you're interested in learning more, here are some links. 

    Old Town Neighborhoods Plan and Old Town Neighborhoods Design Guidelines can be found here: Old Town Neighborhoods Plan || City of Fort Collins

    The ordinance that addresses articulation, solar access, and front porches: https://www.fcgov.com/planning/pdf/ord-0332013.pdf

    I also attached two photos. The green house is what we were up against and trying to stop. (The new house is 7 times the size of the older house that's next to it.) The house between two others is what's allowed under the new (ultra lite) rules. (Not a whole ton better.) 







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    Meg Dunn
    Fort Collins CO
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  • 7.  RE: Conservation Districts

    Posted 01-15-2018 16:30
    The Conservation District ordinance was enacted several years ago in Minneapolis, but none have been designated. The ordinance requires 2/3 owner approval and reviews are meant to be less restrictive than historic district review (essentially covering whatever neighborhood characteristics the property owners felt were important to preserve at the time of designation).

    The ordinance and the application can be found under "Applications" on the website below:
    http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/hpc/

    If you do a search for Minneapolis conservation districts online, you can see several newspaper articles and blog posts from when the ordinance was being drafted (including some vocal opposition).

    Barbara

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    Barbara Howard
    Stonebridge Learning, LLC
    Minneapolis MN
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