The Ordinance was adopted to preserve the historic and architectural character of the exterior facades of structures in the historic districts. The ordinance does not require the restoration of homes to their original appearance, although many owners have chosen to do so. Rather, the ordinance requires that any exterior changes made to properties within the districts that can be seen from the public right-of-way be done in a manner that is in keeping with the architectural and historic character of the building and the district.
Guidelines are available for each of the districts to help property owners with their designs. Further, each change needs to be reviewed by either city staff or the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) to ensure its appropriateness.
Historic PreservationProgrammatic Agreement
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