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Draft Code Amendments to Improve Historic Design Review Released in Mid-November

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Property owners in Historic and Conservation Districts are concerned about the fees and time involved for Historic Design Review. Fees for small home remodeling projects start at $900, and the design review process can take from 6-8 weeks.Historic Design

To address these concerns, the Bureaus of Planning and Sustainability and Development Services are looking at creative solutions for a quicker, more user-friendly and predictable review process for home improvements with minor impacts on historic resources. Over an 8-month planning process, the City’s Historic Resources Code Improvement Project (HRCIP) team will also clarify code definitions and perform other clean-up measures.

In September, the City published an Issues and Options Paper to start a community conversation about possible regulatory changes that will be considered during this project. Staff met with the Historic Landmarks Commission, the Planning and Sustainability Commission and other community members to get feedback on the draft issues and options. Based on this input and continuing community conversations, staff are writing a discussion draft with code amendments to be released the week of November 16. A public hearing before the Historic Landmarks Commission is tentatively scheduled for December 10, 2012.

Find out more information, download project documents and learn how to get involved at the project website at, or contact Jay Sugnet at 503-823-5869 or