Proposed ordinance would let neighborhoods apply to be Conservation Districts

City officials are holding a public meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28 to discuss a proposed ordinance that would let neighborhoods apply for a new Conservation District status — a designation that would encourage development in the districts to honor the neighborhood’s character.

The proposed ordinance would offer more protection than the city’s zoning code, but would not be as stringent as historic district guidelines. Two-thirds of property owners in the area would have to approve the status. 

Encouraging new development and population growth while maintaining the charms of the city’s more unique neighborhoods, such as Linden Hills and Dinkytown, has been a challenge for community leaders. 

If approved, the ordinance would be become part of the city’s Heritage Preservation Regulations. 

The meeting will be held 4:30 p.m. in room 319 at City Hall.