SLC planning update on preservation programs

Wondering about the status of Salt Lake City’s preservation programs? The quarterly newsletter of the Planning Division updates us on various regulations and guidelines under discussion:

Below is a summary of the various proposed changes and where they are in the adoption process:

1. Fine Tuning Historic Preservation Ordinance Revisions:
Purpose:
To revise ordinances relating to the review of projects within the H Historic Preservation Overlay Zone. The proposed amendments relate to making the ordinance more clear, the process more efficient and to clarify the authority and makeup of the Historic Landmark Commission.
Status:
The recommendations of the Historic Landmark Commission and Planning Commission have been transmitted to the City Council.

2. Character Conservation District Ordinance
Purpose:
To create a new regulatory tool to allow for the preservation of neighborhood character.
Status:
The recommendations of the Historic Landmark Commission and Planning Commission have been transmitted to the City Council.

3. Sign Design Guidelines
Purpose: To create new design guidelines applicable to signs in local historic districts and on Landmark Sites
Status: The Historic Landmark Commission recommended approval of
the proposed guidelines. The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the matter at its April 25, 2012. Both Commissions’ recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for final review and decision.

4. Residential Design Guidelines
Purpose: To revise the existing residential design guidelines to clarify the guidelines and include new best practices relating to maintenance, alteration and new construction in local historic districts and to Landmark Sites.
Status:
The Historic Landmark Commission recommended approval for the proposed changes at its March 1, 2012 public meeting. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and review the proposed guidelines in May. Both Commissions’ recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for final review and decision.

5. Commercial Design Guidelines
Purpose:
To create new design guidelines applicable to commercial development in local historic districts and Landmark Sites
Status:
The Historic Landmark Commission recommended approval on April 5, 2012. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing and review the proposed guidelines in the near future. Both Commissions’ recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for final review and decision.

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