Downtown and Old Town Overlay Design Guidelines Update
Purpose of this Update:
We are updating the Design Guidelines for our Historic Districts – help connect our past to our future!
In April 2019 the Georgetown City Council adopted changes to the Certificate of Appropriateness review requirements, which you can read in Ordinance 2019-21. Certificates of Appropriateness are required for projects in the Historic Overlay Districts . Changes include the review of new residential construction, the review of requests for demolition or relocation of historic structures and the use of materials. This update will incorporate Council’s changes, as well other updates and improvements for document usability.
Changes to the Historic District Design Guidelines are here!
You spoke up about how you see our historic areas. We listened, and we want to make sure we got it right. The public hearing on the proposed amendments to the Design Guidelines with the City Council was held on Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00pm. A video recording of the meeting is available at https://georgetowntx.new.swagit.com/videos/128936 and it is item AA on the agenda.
If you have questions about the update or would like to provide feedback, please call the Downtown & Historic Planner at (512) 930-3581, email email@example.com or visit the Planning Department at 809 Martin Luther King Jr. Street, across from City Hall.
City Council voted to approve the changes to the Design Guidelines with four amendments. The changes and amendments will be considered for a second time by the City Council in their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 6:00pm. Please click the links below to see the proposed changes:
- Design Guidelines HARC Review – Full Document
- Design Guidelines HARC Review – Preface
- Design Guidelines HARC Review – Chapters 1 & 2
- Design Guidelines HARC Review – Chapters 3 – Appendices
- Council Amendments 07.13.21
How You Can Participate:
Please share your thoughts with us! We would like to know what you think about the current Design Guidelines, what you love about the historic districts and what you want to make sure we know as we go through this project. Please check this page for project updates and links to any virtual meetings, and scroll down for ways to contact us.
Please contact us if you have questions or would like to provide input! Contact info below!
We are approaching the project in three phases:
- Here’s what we have – understanding the character and structures that makes our historic districts so special!
- Here’s what we love: The things we want to still be here in 75-100 years!
- Here’s how we protect that in the future: A draft version of the updated Guidelines for review and comment before it is presented to the City Council for adoption!
- Design Guidelines Final Draft currently available to the public for review and feedback.
- The City Council is scheduled to hold a second reading of an ordinance amending the Design Guidelines on July 27 at 6:00pm in City Council Chambers. The agenda will be posted the Wednesday prior to the meeting at www.agendas.georgetown.org.
Who to Contact if you have Questions:
- Call the Planning Department (512) 930-3575
- Call the Historic Planner (512) 930-3581
- Email the Historic Planner firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit the Planning Department Office at 809 Martin Luther King Jr. Street
What Has Happened So Far:
- Post Oak Preservation Solutions hired as the project consultant
- Design Guidelines Update presented to the Historic & Architectural Review Commission (HARC) on October 22
- Design Guidelines Update presented in the Tuesday Talks webinar on November 3.
- Design Guidelines Update presented to the Main Street Advisory Board on November 13.
- Design Guidelines Update presented in the December 8 City Council Workshop.
- Design Guidelines Update Open House on December 16 watch the Open House Video on YouTube.
- Design Guidelines Update Survey conducted December 16-December 30.
- Design Guidelines Update Survey results presented in the February 11 HARC Meeting. The survey results presentation was posted with the HARC meeting agenda on agendas.georgetown.org.
- Downtown and Old Town Design Guidelines Update Public Engagement Report
- Virtual Open House to present the proposed changes on April 28 Watch the Open House Video on YouTube.
- Project stakeholder and public feedback on the proposed changes from April 28-May 14.
- Historic & Architectural Review Commission feedback on the proposed changes to the Design Guidelines May 13 – see the posted meeting agenda at https://georgetowntx.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/MeetingsResponsive.aspx or view the recorded meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPifHKqn818.
- Main Street Advisory Board feedback on the proposed changes to the Design Guidelines in their regular meeting on May 14.
- June 3, 2021 Main Street Breakfast Bites presentation.
- June 15, 2021 Final Draft of updated Design Guidelines posted for review and comment.
- June 22, 2021 the City Council held a workshop on the proposed changes to the Design Guidelines. You can view the video of the workshop here: https://georgetowntx.new.swagit.com/videos/123262.
- The Historic & Architectural Review Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval of the Design Guidelines with four amendments in their regular meeting on June 24 at 6:00pm. You can view the video here: https://planning.georgetown.org/planning-overview/planning-meeting-recordings/.
- The City Council held a public hearing and first reading of the ordinance amending the Downtown & Old Town Design Guidelines on July 13, 2021. The Council voted to approve the first reading of the changes with the 4 amendments recommended by HARC, changing the 15′ length limit for breezeways to a 20′ length limit. You can view the video of the item, Item AA, here: https://georgetowntx.new.swagit.com/videos/128936.
- How do I know if I live in a historic district?
- You can use the interactive web map, click here and enter your address in the bar at the top left of the screen.
- What are the Design Guidelines?
- Guidance for exterior changes to structures within the designated Downtown and Old Town historic overlay districts. You can read them by clicking here.
- What parts of the Design Guidelines are being updated?
- how to treat or replace historic materials
- how new construction can be compatible with the historic districts
- what kind of building modifications will help keep the historic character of Downtown and Old Town
- what kind of commercial signage will be a good fit for our historic districts
- graphics and images used in the document
- How will this affect my property?
- Changes to properties in the historic overlay districts are regulated by the Design Guidelines through the Certificate of Appropriateness process. The Design Guidelines apply to new projects and changes to existing properties.
- Will this project give HARC more or less authority?
- The authority of the Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC) is granted by the City Council through the bylaws of the Commission. This Update is not intended to change that authority.