December 18, 2007, 8:00 a.m.
Historic Preservation Committee
City Commission Chambers, City Hall
1. Welcome New Commissioners
2. Approve Minutes – September 18 meeting
3. Liaison Reports
• Planning Commission – Christine Kloubec
• Fargo School District – Peter Moynihan
• Fargo Park District – Vacant
• Cass County Commission – Paul Gleye
• Housing Rehab – Claire Strom
• Board of Adjustment – Vacant
• House Moving Board – Paul Gleye
4. Update on Woodruff’s Historic Overlay
5. Election of Chair and Vice-chair
6. Review Liaison Assignments
7. Plan Commission Retreat for January
8. Next Meeting – Date to be Determined
Present: Christine Kloubec, Claire Strom, David Shultz, Paul Gleye, Peter Moynihan
Absent: Daryl Bachmeier, Doug Scraper
Staff Present: Dawn Mayo, Hali Durand
Chair Gleye called the meeting to order (8:00 a.m.)
1. Approve Minutes – June 19 meeting (8:00 a.m.)
There were no changes or additions to the June 19 minutes. The minutes stand approved as submitted.
2. Liaison Reports (8:01 a.m.)
There were no liaison reports to discuss.
3. Woodruff’s Addition Historic Overlay (8:01 a.m.)
Mayo reviewed the changes made to the report and evidence supporting the creation of the Woodruff’s Addition Historic Overlay.
A statement was added to the neighborhood development section of the historic significance portion of the report to include information on Rupert’s Subdivision. Many of these homes were demolished. Only one home remains.
Mayo then reviewed and updated the Commissioners on the Woodruff’s Addition Guidance for Property Owners. These general principals are not enforceable or regulatory but it is felt that they are important for homeowners to have something to go by when planning a repair or project. Mayo then asked the Commission where they felt the standards should be placed.
Kloubec stated that architects incorporate guidelines to support their projects. She asked if this could be something that we give to the architect rather than the homeowner, or perhaps these principals could be a standalone resource guide. Strom and Gleye agreed.
Gleye stated the real issue is the set of regulatory standards-they should go first. He recommended that the regulatory standards and general principals be separated. The principals could be online as an introduction and an educational tool.
The last item that Mayo discussed was the Woodruff’s Addition regulatory Standards for Preservation of Historic resources. A statement was added to the Primary Structure-Existing Buildings section to exclude enclosed porches that provide year-round living space from being reconstructed as a historic porch. Second, under the Accessory Structure Standards, item 2-Height of accessory structures shall not be greater than the height of the primary structure, was eliminated. A new item-An existing accessory structure that does not meet current LDC setback requirements can be reconstructed (and enlarged up to 40%) in a location that maintains the existing “non-conforming” setback as long as the property line is verified by a registered land surveyor and the new structure is one-story in height with a maximum 10 foot sidewall, was added.
After review/acceptance of the changes/additions, the next step is to bring the standards and guidelines to the Planning Commission.
Schultz made a motion to recommend approval as submitted and instruct staff to conduct public notices, unless we feel there is a need to review changes based on public comment. Second by Moynihan. All Commissioners said aye. The motion stands approved.
The public notice should go out within the week, and then an open house will be scheduled. The public will have ten days to respond.
Public Speaker (8:15 a.m.)
Lee Watkins, area resident, spoke regarding his concern of shortcomings in historic overlays. Prairie St. Johns has acquired more property and he hopes we understand the neighborhood impact of medical facilities. Hawthorne residents are concerned that new condo development will continue to be a threat to historic houses. Watkins wants the commission to be well aware of the concerns.
4. 2007 CLG Annual Meeting (8:15 a.m.)
This Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center, Edinburg, ND, the 2007 Annual CLG Workshop will be held. The van will leave City Hall at 6:00 a.m. There will be training sessions, site tours, and more. The day will be spent exploring the “Ridge Trail Historic District” and its significant and unique history.
5. Other Business (8:16 a.m.)
No other business was presented.
6. Next Meeting – October 16 (8:16 a.m.)
The time at adjournment was 8:16 a.m.