June 19, 2007, 8:00 a.m.
Historic Preservation Commission Agenda
City Commission Room
1. Approve Minutes – May 15 meeting
2. Liaison Reports
• Planning Commission – Christine Kloubec
• Fargo School District – Peter Moynihan
• Fargo Park District – Doug Scraper
• Cass County Commission – Paul Gleye
• Housing Rehab – Claire Strom
• Board of Adjustment – Daryl Bachmeier
• House Moving Board – Paul Gleye
3. Section 106 Project Reviews
• 802 1st Ave N – Withdrawn
• 608 and 610 Main Ave – Withdrawn
• 305 and 309 Broadway – Terry Stroh
4. Woodruff’s Addition Historic Overlay – Proposed Design Standards
5. Other Business
Historic Preservation Commission
Present: Daryl Bachmeier, Peter Moynihan, Paul Gleye, Christine Kloubec, David Shultz
Absent: Doug Scraper, Claire Strom
Chair Gleye called the meeting to order (7:57 a.m.)
1. Approve Minutes – May 15 meeting (7:58 a.m.)
All Commissioners present approved the minutes as submitted and the motion was declared carried.
2. Liaison Reports (7:58 a.m.)
No liaison reports were presented.
3. Section 106 Project Reviews (8:00 a.m.)
802 1st Avenue North has been withdrawn. According to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, no undertaking can begin without prior approval. Since this project commenced without review the application becomes ineligible.
The 608 and 610 Main Avenue projects were withdrawn by the petitioner.
Terry Stroh, from T.L. Stroh Architects and Interiors, presented proposals for 305 Broadway (the Dixon building) and 309 Broadway (the Moose building).
The applicant is requesting federal funding to renovate building façades for these properties. The Dixon building will be developed with retail on the main floor and residential condos on the second floor. The Moose building will be developed with retail on the main floor, and residential condos above.
Both planned renovations are consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Property and staff recommends a finding of no adverse effects on Historic Properties.
Christine Kloubec made a motion that the Commission find no adverse affects. Second by Peter Moynihan. All Commissioners present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.
Following approval, the proposed projects will be brought to the next City Commission Meeting for further approval.
4. Woodruff’s Addition Historic Overlay – Proposed Design Standards (8:14 a.m.)
Dawn Mayo presented information on the proposed design standards for Woodruff’s Addition Historic Overlay. The term “Historic Neighborhood Housing” was defined as housing that was built in the Historic Overlay District area as the original addition(s) were developed. The Commission then reviewed and discussed the sections of the proposed standards. The sections were: existing buildings; new construction; accessory structures; streetscape, landscape and fencing; and exceptions to special development regulations and standards.
Chair Gleye questioned whether individuals building porches on new infill buildings that violate set-back requirements would have to apply for a variance or if it could be written into the standard. Ms. Mayo stated she will check into this and respond at the next meeting.
The section on new construction contains standards for primary structures and additions to existing buildings and accessory structures. One of the intents of this section is to allow owners to create larger garages that are compatible with today’s lifestyles. Most garages are very small historically. The hope is to find a balance in preserving the historic nature yet allow residents to build what is needed.
According to the Land Development Code, …”within single-family (SR) zoning districts, front yard residential driveways shall not exceed 24 feet in width or the width of the driveway approach, whichever is greater”… It was suggested to review driveway standards more closely.
Chair Gleye asked that this topic be researched more and provide visuals. He stated that it is important to provide garages that are reasonable in size for today’s needs.
Peter Moynihan questioned whether it is required to have the land surveyed if an individual was applying for a non-conforming set back. Ms. Mayo responded that she will follow-up with this question and respond at the next meeting.
In the section on streetscape, landscape, and fencing, 3 additional standards were addressed. All other fencing regulations will follow the Land Development Code. A copy of the fencing regulations will be provided at the next meeting. It was also suggested to research the typical types of fencing used during the historical period. Ideally, we want to preserve the view vistas and to restrict fences from becoming to tall and coming too far forward. Having the fence set back from the front of the house gives the house full prominence.
The last portion of the Woodruff’s Addition proposed design standards is in regards to Additional Guidance for property owners. This was prepared to further provide guidelines to enhance the historic character of the area.
The next step is to reconvene the working group next week, go over the changes, bring forward additional requested information and then hold an open house in regards to these guidelines.
5. Other Business (8:58 a.m.)
No other business was presented.
The time at adjournment was 8:59 a.m.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 8:00 o’clock a.m.