The City is seeking public input on revisions to the code that governs the downtown district. Changes to the Unified Development Code related to the Historic and Architectural Review Commission will be presented at a public meeting on January 22 at 5 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, 101 E. Seventh Street. Online review and feedback on the proposed changes also is available at georgetown.org/udc/harc-amendments.
The proposed changes to the UDC are for property in the Downtown and Old Town Overlay districts, as well as certain property listed in the City’s Historic Resource Survey. A draft of the proposed revisions to the UDC can be seen at georgetown.org/udc/harc-amendments.
The main changes proposed include the following areas:
- Designation of local Historic Landmarks
- Clarification of regulations that apply to contributing versus non-contributing historic structures to a Historic Overlay District
- Clarification on review processes for alterations, removals , demolition, and new construction, as well as certain site features such as signage and fences, to include review by the Historic and Architectural Review Commission and historic preservation officer
- Clarification on the zoning development standards that apply to property located in a Historic Overlay District
The City seeks input on the proposed changes from property and business owners, City commission and board members, neighborhood residents, elected officials, and other members of the public. To facilitate public input, the following public meetings have been scheduled to take place in the Council Chambers at 101 E. Seventh Street in Georgetown:
- January 22 at 5 p.m. – Open public meeting
- February 3 at 6 p.m. – Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, recommendation to City Council
- February 10 at 6 p.m. – City Council meeting, first reading of the ordinance
- February 24 at 6 p.m. – City Council meeting, second reading of the ordinance
Public comment is invited at each of these steps in the public review process for the proposed changes to the UDC.