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Meeting Date: 06/16/2021  
From: Mark Reavis, Heritage Preservation Officer and Neighborhood Planner

Window Replacement HPO Review (Exceptions for Residential Window Replacement)

Concur with the submitted procedures for residential window replacement reviews.

Executive Summary:

The Heritage Preservation Commission is being asked to consider a different method of implementing current exception language for residential window replacement permit reviews outside of overlay zones for historic districts and properties of 50+ years of age (& individually listed) as provided for in Municipal Code 10-30.30. The HPO is following 10-30.30 provisions that have further been defined in the included written procedures of these exceptions and the Commission direction provided in January 2020. The workload regarding window replacements has become a burden for support staff and the HPO and is diverting HPO efforts from other critical preservation efforts. The Heritage Preservation Commission is being asked to consider limiting some reviews outside of historic districts and overlays using the exception language within the Heritage Preservation section of the Zoning Ordinance. The HPO currently reviews all permits for homes of 50+ years of age including all window replacement permit applications, anywhere in the City. 

Policy Impact:
Concurring with the proposed implementation would allow more staff time to be spent on proactive heritage preservation projects by creating a framework that would allow support staff taking in applications to more easily determine if the window application warrants a heritage preservation review.  The impact of the change from the current process and the proposed process would be minimal based on the experience of the last 18 months.

The Heritage Preservation Officer would still review demolitions and major renovations that affect the exterior of buildings 50 years or older and all other relevant applications.  The framework provided would only apply to windows permits.
Connection to PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
Policy CC.2.1. Actively locate, identify, interpret, and preserve historical, archaeological, and cultural resources, in cooperation with other agencies and non-governmental organizations, as aspects of our society for future generations to retain, understand, and enjoy their cultural identity.
Policy CC.2.6. Expand a program to educate the owners of historic resources of the heritage value of their properties.
Policy CC.2.7. Protect existing historic districts from encroachment by land uses that compromise the historic characteristics of the district
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
Review consideration was given to areas and districts regarding materials and SOI standards and local certificates prior to 2020 and the adoption of the Energy Code requiring a permit. See HPO staff report.
Proposed Guidance
Staff Report - Windows
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