Historic Resource Survey

An Open House is scheduled for July 13, 2017 at 6 pm in the Council Chambers, located at 101 E. Seventh Street, to discuss the use of the 2016 Historic Resources Survey, along with the cumulative results.

In 1984, the Georgetown Heritage Society, with a grant through the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program of the Texas Historical Commission (THC), commissioned Hardy·Heck·Moore, Inc. (HHM) to conduct a Historic Resources Survey. This survey documented all pre-1935 historic resources built within the city limits and its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and documented 900 properties.

In 2007, the City of Georgetown commissioned Hardy-Heck-Moore, Inc. to update the survey to include properties built prior to 1960.   The update located, documented, and evaluated buildings, structures, objects, and districts built pre-1960 within the city limits and its ETJ. This survey documented 1,574 properties.  The currently adopted 2007 Survey can be viewed here.

In 2016, the City once again proposed to update the Survey and included public notification and education.  Cox-McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc. has been working with the city for the past year to provide an intensive survey of the Historic Overlay Districts; to conduct an intensive survey of properties outside the Historic Overlay Districts of the properties that were included on the 1984 and 2007 surveys; and to provide a reconnaissance level review of all properties within the survey area that were constructed prior to 1975.

The 2016 survey identifies 1,677 properties: 191 high priority resources, 589 medium priority resources, and 897 low priority resources.  Of the properties that were also documented on the prior surveys, 236 properties on the 2016 Survey changed priority status.

  • 57 properties were upgraded in priority:  5 properties went from medium to high priority, 3 properties went from low to high priority, and 49 properties went from low to medium priority.
  • 179 properties were downgraded in priority: 14 properties went from high to medium priority, and 165 properties went from medium to low priority.

Within the City’s Historic Overlays (Downtown and Old Town), high and medium priority properties are considered Contributing resources, and low priority properties are considered Non-Contributing resources.

Where do I find out what priority level my property has been given on the Historic Resources Survey?

                   There are several ways of identifying a property on the Survey.  Just follow the steps: (Once the Survey is adopted, this will be much easier and all the data will be linked together on a map.)

Attached here is the 2016 Historic Resources Survey Inventory Table, showing all the properties identified in the Survey.  Once the document is open, press CTRL + F and a box will open allowing you to search by address.  Once you have found the listing of the property, copy the 6-digit Survey ID number (column 1).  Also note which “Set” of documents is listed for the property (last column).

  • Set One = Properties that were documented with a Texas Historical Commission (THC) form in 1984 and/or in 2007 that have not changed priority levels in 2016.
  • Set Two = Properties that were not included on the Surveys prior to 2016.
  • Set Three = Properties that have changed priority from 2007, and properties that are located in the Historic Overlay but were not recorded with a THC form in a prior survey.

Once you have your Survey ID and have identified which Set to search, go here to get more information about your property: Survey Sets and Maps    The Survey Sets and maps are large files that may take at least a minute to open. 

When the file opens, search by using CTRL + F and entering your Property ID number.  You may also use the property address but the results may not be as accurate.

Also located in the file folders are the Survey Points Aerial Maps.  Points on the Aerial Maps are also searchable by the Property ID number. Again this is a large file and may take several seconds to open.

What should I do if I feel my priority level should be different than what is identified?

If you have any questions about the classification of your property, or would like to provide more information about the history of your property, please contact the Planning Department by email at historic@georgetown.org or by telephone at (512) 930-2545 to set up an appointment. Individual meetings for property owners to meet with the historians are available during the day of July 13, 2017.  If for some reason you cannot attend office hours on July 13, please call and we will arrange a meeting at a more convenient time.

Again, the initial results of the survey and more detailed information will be here soon. The new survey will be utilized to document the continued growth of the City, used for any required building permit or Certificate of Appropriateness reviews, and highlighted in promotional materials marketing our historic resources.

What does this mean for you as a property owner?

As a result of the 2016 survey, architectural historians made recommendations to the City of Georgetown regarding the priority level (high, medium or low) of each property within the survey area constructed prior to 1975, including revisions to the previously surveyed properties. Generally, properties documented in the Survey are at least 50 years old.

  • If your property is outside the Downtown and Old Town Overlay Districts, your property is only subject to special required approvals for demolition. All other construction or changes to your property are only subject to the standard permitting requirements.
  • If your property is located within the Downtown and Old Town Overlay Districts and is identified on the Survey, certain changes to your property could require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) reviewed by the Historic Preservation Officer or by the Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC). To determine what changes might need a COA, Section 3.13 Certificate of Appropriateness identifies the specifics.
  • Please note:  Resources rated as high or medium priority in a Historic Overlay District are considered Contributing to the District.    Resources rated as low priority are considered Non-contributing to the District.

Please contact the Planning Department if you have any questions or concerns.  historic@georgetown.org or (512) 930-2545.