Hello Fellow Planners,
I'm seeking input on a historic preservation challenge that we're facing. Currently, there are 7 historic districts located within the City. Each district was designated and added after their structures were surveyed (and deemed contributing or non-contributing depending on age, characteristics, etc.) at various times within the last 20 years. My historic board just recently denied the demo of a project based on the fact that they deemed the structure "historic" - that is 50 years or older, even though it was not considered contributing at the time of the survey (but would be now if resurveyed). The applicant also submitted a replacement structure design that was not compatible with the neighborhood. They have decided to come back to the HPB with a new design and argue the "non-contributing" and "historic" point.
The question is, how does your organization deal with historic structures that are not considered "contributing", but are considered "historic" by age and/or located within a historic district. Also, do you have a definition of a historic structures within your regulations?
Any help would be appreciated.