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Town Council Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed ordinance amendment that would incorporate guidelines established by the Town’s Historic Preservation Plan.
The proposed ordinance is designed to assist in the implementation of the Downtown Master and the Historic Preservation plans; make historic landmark designation more difficult to accomplish; make demolition requests for newer structures easier to accomplish; and provide the Historic Preservation Board increased authority to help preserve the historic integrity of the Craig and Gould neighborhood.
Council will again consider – and, potentially, enact – the ordinance at its July 27 meeting.
“Two years ago, residents and business owners asked us to review the Historic Preservation Plan,” said Bill Detweiler, the Town’s Development Services director. “They wanted to protect the integrity of the neighborhoods and downtown to ensure property values and future business opportunities.”
For the past two years, a team of more than a dozen interested people – representatives from the Downtown Advisory Committee, Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Merchants Association, Historic Preservation Board, Planning Commission, Town Council, Castle Rock Historical Society, Craig and Gould neighborhood and Town staff – has worked to revise the ordinance. The group invited public input at several meetings.
“We wanted to bring the ordinance in line with the Downtown Master Plan and the Historic Preservation Plan,” Detweiler said.
Castle Rock property owner Diane Evans said the proposed ordinance “allows for recognition of significant buildings within our community.”
“It also allows and recognizes the importance of private property rights and the owners’ ability to move forward with their development, while giving them the ability to maximize their development potential, with all due consideration to the historic value of those buildings,” she said. “Or, if there is none, to move it forward.”
The ordinance would strengthen historic landmark designation criteria, create specific demolition and relocation criteria Downtown and in the Craig and Gould neighborhood, and provide for historic district creation and enforceable design review in Craig and Gould. It would eliminate the provision in the current ordinance that allows for landmarking without an owner’s consent. It would also eliminate the Downtown conservation areas recommended by the Historic Preservation Plan, as the Historic Preservation Board would no longer have design review authority Downtown.
Questions? Contact Bill Detweiler, 720-733-3530 or bdetweiler@CRgov.com.