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The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood is considering expansion of the Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay to include those portions of Blair Avenue that are not currently a part of the overlay.

The Lockeland Springs-East End Neighborhood is considering the expansion of the Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay.

The Sylvan Park neighborhood is considering an expansion of the Park & Elkins Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay. MHZC staff will soon be conducting an architectural resource survey.

Note: An architectural resource survey is essential to determine whether or not a neighborhood meets the qualifications for the overlay. The survey includes documenting the OUTSIDE of the buildings with digital photographs and completing a simple form about the building’s architectural features and materials. Please do not hesitate to ask for identification or volunteer documentation. If you have information about the history of your home or changes to your property , please feel free to share with the surveyor or staff of the MHZC.

The Metro Historic Zoning Commission Seeks Your Input in a Series of Charettes

The MHZC is hosting a series of three charettes in April to gain public input on design issues. The increase in new development has been positive for the city but it does place stress on our historic neighborhoods. The charettes will explore those challenges and provide an opportunity for attendees to brainstorm potential design solutions.

On April 7, the topic will be a potential Duplex Policy. Attendees will explore if detached duplexes are appropriate and if so, in what form and in what instances. The MHZC wants to be prepared with clear direction on how to address duplexes if a proposed definition of two-family is adopted. The new definition would allow the MHZC to determine when a duplex could be detached. Currently the code requires that all duplexes have at least a minimal attachment. Because historically duplexes were one building this will continue to be the requirement in the majority of instances.

On April 21, the topic will be New Construction—Additions and Infill and on April 28 it will be Outbuildings and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units. These two charettes will show examples of typical applications, how the Commission has applied the design guidelines so far, and examples of how other communities have addressed similar issues. Participants will be asked to explore how the needs and desires of property owners can be met in a manner that also meets the design guidelines by drawing and discussing in break-out groups.


Topic: Duplex Policy

Date: April 7

Location: Sonny West Conference Center, 700 Second Ave S

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Topic: New Construction—Additions and Infill

Date: April 21

Location: Sonny West Conference Center

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Topic: Outbuildings and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units

Date: April 28

Location: Sonny West Conference Center

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Please direct questions to Robin Zeigler, or 615-862-7970.