February 7, 2019
New Historic Preservation Regulations Proposed
The Historic Preservation Commission is holding a public meeting on Wednesday, February 13 to get feedback on new regulations intended to replace the existing historic preservation laws in Greeley’s Municipal Code. The meeting will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8thStreet.
The current ordinance and proposed ordinance both allow property owners and non-property owners to apply for a historic designation on a property. The process for a non-property owner, for example, the Planning Commission, the Greeley Urban Renewal Authority or a non-profit historic preservation group, to nominate a property is stricter than the process for a property owner and five of seven Historic Preservation Commission members must support the nomination.
Of interest to our industry, both ordinances specify a real estate broker must serve on the Historic Preservation Commission, which is a quasi-judicial body, responsible for matters of historic preservation, including reviewing applications for historic designation. Finally, both versions allow a Historic Preservation Commission decision to be appealed to the City Council.
However, the proposed ordinance includes some additional provisions that are cause for concern. For example, it proposes that the City’s Historic Preservation Specialist be given the authorization to review all building permits that would make “significant alterations to the streetscape view of the exterior or of the demolition of any structure or building” that is forty years or older, regardless of whether the property is designated as historic or not.
In addition, the new regulations would require maintenance of a historically designated property or any property in a historic district. This includes maintenance of structures, fences and landscaping. However, the ordinance does not define maintenance or deterioration. It simply prohibits deterioration that would have a “detrimental effect” on a property or historic district.
The proposed ordinance will not become law unless it is approved by Greeley’s City Council, which would require two hearings.