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Proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance

At its regular March 8 meeting, the Estes Park Town Board will receive a presentation from the citizen-led Historic Preservation Ordinance Committee. The presentation will review the annotated draft voluntary Historic Preservation Ordinance for Estes Park and citizen feedback received on the draft ordinance. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. Citizens are encouraged to attend and comment. The draft ordinance will be presented again at a public hearing March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room. During this hearing, the Town Board will hear any further changes to the draft ordinance and, after public comment, consider whether it wants to adopt the ordinance.

The draft Historic Preservation Ordinance is entirely voluntary and intended to better document and preserve the unique character and history of Estes Park by allowing Town property owners who wish to participate to have their homes and business buildings recognized as Local Historic Landmarks. To learn more about the proposed ordinance, citizens are encouraged to review the most current draft at, in Room 150 of Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Avenue, and at the Estes Valley Library, located at 335 East Elkhorn Avenue. Citizens are encouraged to comment to the Town Board by sending comments to the Town Clerk at or P.O. Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517.

After reviewing the draft ordinance at an October, 2010 study session, the Town Board asked the committee to gather public feedback for the Board’s consideration before any action to adopt or deny. The committee’s outreach began in December. To date, outreach has included meetings with local organizations including the Estes Valley Historical Society, Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Estes Park Board of Realtors, Association for Responsible Development, Local Marketing District, League of Women Voters, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Valley Land Trust and Estes Park History Rescue Project. The committee also held an open house at the Estes Park Museum, two public forums at Town Hall and radio interviews. A series of six newspaper columns appeared in January and February by Estes Park Historian Laureate Jim Pickering, who serves as an advisor to the committee.

The Historic Preservation Ordinance Committee consists of John Baudek (chair), Ron Norris (vice-chair and secretary), Paula Steige, Dave Tanton, Bill Van Horn and Sharry White. Staff support is provided by Derek Fortini, Estes Park Museum Manager. Trustee Jerry Miller provides on-going liaison with the Town Board. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail

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