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Heritage Preservation Commission adapts new plan from city

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester committee tasked with deciding which buildings in town should be preserved for their historic value is taking new direction from the City Council.

This comes after controversy surrounding a recent decision by the committee bubbled over into a City Council meeting.

Last month, the Heritage Preservation Committee approved a list created by a consulting group hired by the city called the 106 Group. That list categorized several buildings in downtown Rochester as not potentially historic.
Last Monday, a group of citizens brought their concerns over that decision to the City Council.
The council responded on Tuesday by presenting the Heritage Preservation Committee with a new plan for deciding which buildings should be deemed potentially historic.

The plan proposed by the city provides three opportunities for public input: one with the 106 Group, another with the Heritage Preservation Committee, and a third and final time when a list of potentially historic buildings goes in front of the City Council.

"What we would like the committee to do is do the work that we've given them and not appear to be micromanaging that process," said City Council President Randy Staver. "There will be an opportunity for public hearings and discussion at the City Council, but at this point we really need to let the process work for the benefit of the community."

The Heritage Preservation Commission accepted the city's plan, which also includes creating a task force to develop long term plans, including what new ordinances should be adopted by the City Council in regards to historic preservation.

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