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Town Board To Consider Proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance March 22


Ordinance revised since March 8 to address public comments

At its March 22 meeting, the Estes Park Town Board will review the draft voluntary Historic Preservation Ordinance for Estes Park, which has been revised by the Historic Preservation Ordinance Committee since the last public presentation on March 8. The public is encouraged to attend and comment at the meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Avenue. At this meeting, the Town Board will consider whether it wants to adopt the ordinance.

The draft Historic Preservation Ordinance is 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. Several revisions to the ordinance have been made in order to address public comments. A few additional minor revisions were made in order to simplify the document. More substantial changes to the version presented March 8 include:

• Section 3 now specifies that Historic Preservation Commission officers will be limited to terms of two years.

• Section 4 now specifies that the results of reconnaissance survey are only available to the public through a formal open records request.

• Section 6 has been revised to simplify the process of having one’s property designated as a local historic landmark.

• Section 7 clarifies historic district formation, which, among other criteria, requires a minimum of five contributing properties. This section now specifies that there is no need to request exclusion from a district; the ordinance now indicates that 100 percent of property owners within the proposed district boundary must participate in the designation of their properties as part of the historic district. Any individuals whose properties were not included in the initial list may ask later to be included in the district.

• Section 12 no longer calls for a waiting period of up to 60 days before alterations of any properties identified on the reconnaissance survey. It also clarifies that waiting periods will last up to a maximum of 60 days for properties to be demolished or relocated. The section now encourages those wishing to perform demolition or relocation to contact the Town’s Community Development Department to see if a hold would even be required and, if so required, to possibly start a review process prior to a applying for a permit.

To learn more about the proposed ordinance, citizens are encouraged to review the most current draft at www.estes.org/pressreleases/HPO.aspx, 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 jwilliamson@estes.org 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 townadmin@estes.org.

 

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