At tonight’s City Council meeting, the city is proposing a continuance of a public hearing on the proposed historic preservation ordinance until May 22.
It also proposes to direct staff to prepare a revised ordinance that allows separate consideration and actions on the general provisions, and the residential and non-residential portions of draft ordinance.
“Since two Councilmembers have conflicts related to portions of the proposed ordinance, staff recommends the Council postpone the public hearing,” according to a memo from Planning Director Tom Last. “Staff will redraft the ordinance to create three separate subsections to allow maximum Council participation. The overall content and application of the ordinance as recommended by the Historic and Planning Commissions will also remain the same, but in a different format.”
Two council members — Lisa Swarthout and Jason Fouyer — own homes in the historic townsite.
A draft of the proposal is here (scroll to the bottom of the page).
“The City of Grass Valley has a distinctive physical character and rich history that is reflected in its many cultural resources, such as historic structures and sites located within Grass Valley’s 1872 Historic Townsite and delineated on the City of Grass Valley 1872 Historic Townsite Map. These irreplaceable resources are important to the community’s economic vitality, quality of life, and sense of place, and deserve protection from deterioration, damage, and inappropriate alteration or demolition.”
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