Preservation Alerts and Updates for December 2013
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Preservation Matters
Every month, in City Council Chambers, decisions are being made with important implications for the future of our historic community and the Downtown District.  The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. monitors and responds to key local preservation issues and would like to share this important local preservation information with you.
Alerts & Updates for December 2013
Architectural Review Board –December 9th, 7:30pm (Council Chambers, City Hall)

The following applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) will be addressed.

1.     Jon Van Zandt – Exterior Alterations 104 Wolfe Street
  • Removal of current metal porch posts
  • Reinstallation of wooden porch posts (evidence of previous posts)
  • Installation of wooden porch and stair rails
For more details and information about the project click here.
2.     Mike Adams – Construction of three single-family, detached dwellings
  • 407, 409 Dunmore Street and 214 Charles Street
  • All lots are vacant and located in the floodplain
  • Homes will utilize first floor garage space and living space on the second and third floors.  Roof heights average at 32’, mid-way to peak.
For more details and information about the new structures, including renderings, click here.
3.     Rob Alling – Exterior Alterations 307 Lewis Street
  • Repair and replacement of front porch and entryway
  • Replacement of rear corner porch and steps
  • Installation of metal railings
For more information and pictures of the proposed work click here.
4.     Mike Degan – New Construction 425 William Street
  • Located at the corner of Prince Edward and William Street, currently is a parking lot
  • The proposed structure is a four-story, mixed-use building
  • The proposed structure is 50 ft. in height  
  • The footprint of the building fills the 71-foot gap along William Street and will extend down Prince Edward Street 97.5 feet, allowing a 72 foot rear setback to the rear alley.
For more information and pictures of the proposed work click here.
City Council Work Session –December 10th, 5:30pm (Upstairs Conference Room, City Hall)
City Council Meeting –December 10th, 7:30pm (Council Chambers, City Hall)

During City Council’s work session on December 10th, there will be a presentation and discussion on the Architectural Review Board’s (ARB) process and procedures for administering the city’s Historic District Ordinance.  A review and evaluation of the ordinance is scheduled for the meeting (see previous Free Lance Star article).  Depending on the outcome of this work session, additional discussion could follow at Council’s regular meeting.
Topics to be discussed could include:
  • Permit and ARB review requirements for construction projects involving the replacement or alteration of windows, doors, siding, roofing, fences, and other items
  • Equal enforcement of policies within the Historic District
  • City staff's role in administrating and documenting matters arising from the ordinance
  • Clarification of ARB procedures
  • Personnel and expertise staff that may be needed to advise and assist the ARB in its decisions
  • Involvement of the public in the discussion about historic district ordinance issues
  • How to effectively address these goals
Planning Commission Meeting –December 11th, 7:30pm (Council Chambers, City Hall)

Item #8 on the Public Hearing Agenda deals with proposed text amendments to the city’s new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), including several with possible implications for the city’s downtown Historic District:

1.     Article 3, Commercial Downtown Zoning District...
  • Alter how mixed-use is defined
  • Change the process for achieving current residential density maximums
  • Reduce commercial density for non-mixed use projects
  • Allow maximum building height for structures west of Sophia Street and Lafayette Boulevard to be measured from the 100-year flood level
2.     Article 3, R-8 and R-4 Residential Zoning Districts…
  • Clarify how front and side yard setbacks and building height are determined for development on vacant lots platted before 1984 
3.     Article 5, Development Standards…
  • Limit the extent parking requirements can be waived for historic structures or the reuse of existing structures 
To see the full agenda and details click here.
How You Can Help…
As Friends of Preservation, if you have thoughts or views about the applications referenced above or any other local preservation matters, then we encourage you to come out and make your voice heard.  
If you have questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact HFFI (; (540) 371-4504).
Public Comment Guidelines:
Planning Commission: Questions about the Planning Commission agenda items should be directed to the City's Planning Office (540-372-1179).
Architectural Review Board (ARB): Questions about the ARB’s agenda items should be directed to the City’s Planning Office (540-372-1179).
City Council Public Comment Guidelines: Time is reserved at the beginning of each regular meeting for the City Council to receive comments from persons who have requested permission to speak.  To do so, call the Clerk of Council at 540-372-1010.
NOTE: When speaking before Council or the City’s other Boards and Commissions, please respect the following guidelines:
Clearly state your name and address.
Take no more than five (5) minutes (brevity is appreciated).
Confine your comments to City business.
Personal attacks on Councilmembers or others will not be tolerated.
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