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HPC Minutes

December 17, 2015

Historic Preservation Commission


December 17, 2015


The Historic Preservation Commission met on December 17, 2015 at the City Council Chambers, 305 Gay St.  Chairwoman Patricia Weichmann called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.  Ms. Weichmann began the meeting by issuing a welcome and explained the order of business. Ms. Kinser announced the upcoming tax seminar being hosted by the HPC. Ms. Weichmann then conducted the swearing in of persons planning to testify.


Commissioners Attending:

Patricia Weichmann, Ron Berman, Sharon Smith, Gaver Nichols, Mike Russo


Commissioners Absent:

Jackie Vickers--Council Liaison, Janice Olshesky


Other Representatives Attending:

Patricia Escher—City Planner; LaSara Kinser—Planning and Zoning Assistant


November 19, 2015: Ms. Smith submitted a change to reflect that Mr. Nichols recused himself from the meeting.  On a motion by Ms. Smith the minutes were accepted as amended; Second by Ms. Weichmann and passed 4-0, with Mr. Russo abstaining.


Consent Agenda




HPC #2015-017, 306 Glenburn Ave.:

Dr. Ed Anderson, the property owner, represented the request to replace the existing slate roof with 40-50 year architectural shingles. The case was originally brought before the Commission at the November 19, 2015 meeting, where it was tabled in order to allow the applicant time to further research his options for repairing the roof, and to consider alternative materials. Dr. Anderson amended his application to submit an estimate for the replacement of the roof with natural slate, and an estimate for the replacement of the roof with composite slate. Dr. Anderson testified that the roof is beyond repair. Further discussion focused on the proposed materials for the dormers, the work to the rear of the house, the window trim, the potential use of hardie plank instead of vinyl on the dormers, houses in the neighborhood with similar treatments, and the timeline to complete the project. There was no public comment on the application. The Commission discussion focused on the treatment of the dormers. Dr. Anderson read excerpts of previous meeting minutes where similar work was approved. Ms. Smith made a motion to approve the application for the reroofing of the house with architectural shingles, and with the replacement of the slate on the dormer sides with hardie plank material, because the slate roof is irreparable. The motion was seconded, and passed unanimously.


Ms. Smith made a motion to amend the agenda, to move 311 Oakley St. to the end of the agenda. Mr. Berman seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.



HPC #2015-020, 511 Poplar St.:

Mr. Russo abstained from the discussion and voting on this application. Mr. Charles Kilmon, the applicant, represented the request to install a 10’x2’ sign above the entrance to his store. There was discussion on the sign relative to the width of the building, and the structural support system. Mr. Jason Warfield, of Midshore Graphics, spoke to clarify the parameters of the sign, the shape and materials of the sign. There was also discussion concerning the previously approved lighting on the building. There was no public comment on the application. Mr. Nichols made a motion to approve the application as submitted, allowing for the additional square footage, over what the UDC allows. Ms. Smith seconded the motion and it passed 4-0, with Mr. Russo abstaining.




206 Belvedere Ave.:

Mr. Judd Vickers explained the circumstances surrounding the previous approval of his project, the modification of his shared driveway, to increase its ability to drain effectively, and to provide two parking spots. He would like to apply to alter his CoA to reflect different materials than what was originally applied for, and asked for guidance from HPC. The HPC agreed that the plan and materials as presented were appropriate, and advised Mr. Vickers to submit an application for the next meeting.


HPC #2015-019, 311 Oakley St.:

Mr. Nichols recused himself from this case. Mrs. Marti Tomey represented the request to demolish three rear sections of the house, and explained that the request to replace the railings would come forward at a future meeting. There was a discussion clarifying the recommendations of the staff report, the responsibility of the homeowner in documenting the property, and the use of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps in researching the age of the house, and the sections in question specifically as well as the potential design of a future addition. There was public comment from Kristin Baybrick. Mr. Russo initiated a discussion of the treatment of the rear wall and foundation, once the rear sections are removed.  Mr. Berman commented on materials and their condition based on his site visit. Mr. Berman made a motion to approve the request to demolish the three rear sections of the house with the provision that the owners work with staff and the commission to document and salvage those elements. Mr. Russo seconded the motion and it passed 4-0.





Administrative Approvals

There were two administrative approvals for in-kind roof replacements.

Enforcement Update



Board of Appeals Outcome

Staff explained the recent Board of Appeals decision to overturn the HPC denial of application HPC#2015-000 and discussed their reasoning, and the meeting itself, and briefly explained the appeal process, should the HPC decided to appeal the decision. The HPC members discussed the decision among themselves and asked questions of staff.

HPC Draft Guidelines

Staff outlined a plan to complete the HPC guidelines and discussed that process with the Commission

Motion to adjourn:  Motion by Mr. Russo, Ms. Smith seconded the motion and the Commission unanimously approved.  The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


LaSara Kinser

Planning and Zoning Assistant