No appropriation is required.
Creating an Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee.
WHEREAS, the City of Madison has five local historic districts which constitute under 1% of the land in the city and 182 locally designated landmarks; and,
WHEREAS, these local historic districts and locally designated landmarks provide a physical connection to our past and help us understand who we are today and tell the story of Madison’s unique historical development; and,
WHEREAS, much of Madison’s architectural diversity and unique and quality construction are in our local historic districts and our designated landmarks; and,
WHEREAS, historic resources are finite and cannot be replaced, making them precious commodities; and,
WHEREAS, historic districts and landmarked buildings are important in many placemaking initiatives and support heritage tourism; and,
WHEREAS, the current Landmarks Ordinance has not had a comprehensive review since its adoption; and,
WHEREAS, review and clarification as to both procedural (Phase 1) and specific historic district criteria (Phase 2) will assist in our goal of preserving our irreplaceable historic resources; and,
WHEREAS, the Landmarks Commission has developed a draft (Phase 1) revising the procedural aspects of the Landmarks Ordinance and such draft is expected to be introduced to the Council prior to July 1, 2014; and,
WHEREAS, upon introduction of its draft revising the procedural aspects of the Landmarks Ordinance (Phase 1), the Landmarks Commission will begin a public engagement process to consider amendments clarifying the substantive standards for the various historic districts (Phase 2); and,
WHEREAS, an ad hoc committee of alders will create a discussion forum that can bring together important perspectives to help address complex issues after introduction of the Landmarks Commission draft amendments to the Landmarks Ordinance;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Common Council creates ...Click here for full text