The Office of Historic Preservation, along with the Historic and Design Review Commission, is guided by the City’s Unified Development Code. The UDC informs the processes related to design review, district and landmark creation, demolition review, enforcement, and the composition and function of the HDRC. The UDC also authorizes the creation of design standards and guidelines, such as the Historic Design Guidelines and Downtown Design Guide, to guide decision making.
Pursuant to section 35-111, UDC amendments may be proposed as part of an update cycle that occurs every five years. The purpose of this process is to provide updates that improve procedures or standards for workability and administrative efficiency or to reflect other policy changes. Beyond this, OHP has also identified a need to update the design standards and guidelines that relate to infill development in our historic districts and city center. The next update cycle will occur in 2020 with any adopted amendments going into effect in 2021.
In June 2019, a working task force was convened to assist OHP with the development and recommendation of amendments for the 2020 update cycle. Specifically, the task force will be reviewing policy and codes related to:
• HDRC process and composition
• Infill design guidelines and integration with zoning process
• Potential update to RIO and Downtown Design Guide
• Landmark designation process
• Minor process clarifications and improvements
Please use this page a resource; the tabs below will be updated throughout the process.