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City Council approves change to parking requirements for historic properties

Posted Nov. 21, 2019

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The City Council approved a minor amendment to the Zoning Ordinance on Nov. 12 that eliminates parking requirements for properties designated as historic and cultural landmarks.

City staff identified a conflict between the city’s historic preservation requirements and minimum parking requirements in the Zoning Ordinance.

The purpose of historic preservation is to protect and enhance historic structures, sites and districts to promote the economic, cultural, educational and general welfare of the public. Parking requirements often run counter to the purpose of historic preservation. In many cases, meeting parking requirements cannot be achieved without making significant changes to structures and sites. For example, in the case of a block of commercial buildings, meeting minimum parking requirements could only be achieved through extensive alteration or demolition of historic properties.

Because parking requirements have a potential adverse effect on the character of a historic district or property, city staff proposed a minor amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to eliminate parking requirements for properties designated historic and cultural landmarks and highly significant/endangered, or listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This text amendment will go into effect Dec. 3.

To learn more, contact Justin Newhart, acting manager of preservation and design in the Planning and Development Department, at 817-392-8037.

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