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Planning and Sustainability Commission Makes Recommendation to City Council: Adopt Historic Resources Code Amendment Package

At a public hearing on Jan. 22, 2013, the Planning and Sustainability Commission reviewed code amendments that will make it easier for homeowners to make minor home improvements in the City’s historic and conservation districts.

Staff gave an overview of the project and answered several clarifying questions from commissioners. After testimony from 14 people, the commission voted to forward the package of Zoning Code Amendments from the January 7 report. Included in that recommendation were seven additional staff-recommended amendments and three specific requests to City Council in response to testimony, including: 

  1. Encourage the Bureau of Development Services to promptly create a user friendly handout explaining how historic resources are regulated. This is in response to repeated concerns that the regulations are too complex for the general public to understand.
  2. Clearly state when and by how much any potential fee reductions could be implemented. This was a common theme for all testifiers.
  3. Direct the bureaus of Development Services and Planning and Sustainability to return to the Planning and Sustainability Commission after a year to evaluate the success of code amendments in achieving the project goals. 

City Council is expected to hold a hearing on the recommended Zoning Code Amendments on Feb. 27, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. The recommended report will be available the first week of February.