All new construction must be reviewed by the full commission at the regular monthly meeting. The historic preservation coordinator is available to consult with the property owner and the contractor in preparing the application for project review.
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation regulates additions and new construction in standards 9 and 10:
(9) New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction will not destroy historic materials, features, and spatial relationships that characterize the property. The new work will be differentiated from the old and will be compatible with the historic materials, features, size, scale and proportion, and massing to protect the integrity of the property and its environment.
(10) New additions and adjacent or related new construction will be undertaken in a such a manner that, if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired
Applicants must present a project plan to the Historic District Commission and obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness before applying for a building permit. Special care should be taken to make the addition compatible to the existing structure, but not a copy. An addition could be shorter or narrower than the primary resource or perhaps the surface treatment could be complementary to the original structure. The following information describes the various components of the attached form.
Property owners are expected to complete a Historic District Commission project application form, submit clear drawings with specifications and receive a Certificate of Appropriateness before obtaining a building permit. The following information describes the various components of an appropriate garage design.
Maximum height of 16 feet to the ridge
Exterior siding shall be selected from the following list:
Color should complement or contrast primary resource
Occasionally small outbuildings are needed for storing yard maintenance equipment, bicycles and other items. Outbuildings should be placed at the rear of the lot, preferably on a site with little visibility from the street. The structure can resemble a chicken coop or garden shed or any other small structure that might have been found in an urban neighborhood. There are several appropriate shed kits available at home supply stores. (See illustration #16.) Occasionally small wooden storage buildings placed in an inconspicuous place on the property can be reviewed and approved administratively.
The structure should:
The structure should not:
NOTE: Storage sheds with a total floor area of less than 200 square feet do NOT require a building permit.
Infill construction within a historic district should complement the other structures in the neighborhood in scale and design. Placement on the lot is very important in maintaining the rhythm of the streetscape. Zoning and planning departments should be involved in the earliest possible stages of designing a new building. A joint meeting with the historic preservation coordinator, the building official and the zoning official is strongly recommended. For example:
The use of vinyl or synthetic siding will be considered for new construction as a way of differentiating it from the historic houses. Of course, it is the discretion of the new owner and the builder to propose a siding for their project.