MEMORANDUM TO: VIA: FROM: SUBJECT: DATE: Charles M. Duggan, Jr., City Manager Forrest E.

Cotten, AICP, Planning Director Carl T. Morgan, AICP, Assistant Planning Director Initiation of discussions for a historic district in the Pindedale Drive area June 12, 2008

As you are aware, at the regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) this week, the HPC determined an initial boundary for a potential new historic district. Discussions with the community and among HPC members are in the very early stages, but I am pleased to share with you and the City Council the background and key issues thus far, as well as the procedure that must be followed to designate a district. Location and Property Description Attached you will find a copy of a map that shows the boundaries of the proposed district. It encompasses all of the original Pinedale Park Subdivision of 1931 (also attached), except for the four parcels that front on Samford Avenue and 466 Pinedale Drive (lot 16). It is an area of about 10.86 acres, of which 1.73 acres is parkland and 1.51 acres is right of way for Pinedale Drive. There are twelve existing structures with a thirteenth that was demolished earlier this year and is being rebuilt. Background This area is a subset of a larger area that the HPC was considering for designation in the spring of 2007 that included Payne Street, Pinedale Drive, and Nelocco Drive, as well as portions of East Samford Avenue, Thatch Avenue, Gay Street and Armstrong Street. The work on the larger district was put on hold indefinitely after the HPC held an open house in March 2007. At the open house, a proposed boundary was presented to the residents in the area with maps and information about historic

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districts. A survey was also provided to residents to solicit comments for the Commission’s consideration. The feedback was mixed and the meeting was quite spirited at times. Citizens at the meeting shared an array of sentiments in favor, against or undecided. In the interim, the Commission has focused its energies on other activities, such as coordinating public improvements in the existing district and refining the Design Review Standards that are used to review projects in the district. However, the focus on these more pressing issues was done with the intent to eventually return to the discussion of a district in this area. Discussion of a smaller district In February 2008 at the HPC’s regular meeting, Commissioner Carol Pittard, who lives on Pinedale Drive, voiced some concern about redevelopment pressures in the area. A recent demolition of a home on Pinedale Drive was one of the more evident indicators of this pressure and catalyzed Commissioner Pittard’s initiation of a discussion with the HPC. Recognizing that the larger district will take some time to develop and that the 1930s plat of the Pinedale Park Subdivision makes this neighborhood somewhat different from the other neighborhoods in the larger district proposal, the Commission determined to engage the community regarding a possible Pinedale designation. In the past few months, Commissioner Pittard has had informal discussions with Pinedale Park residents and provided them with printed material about historic preservation, including the January memo I provided to you summarizing historic preservation in Auburn. Next Steps The reception, thus far, has encouraged the HPC to engage the residents more formally. Later this month, the Commission will advertise an open house for the residents where the HPC Chair, Anne Shaw, Commissioner Pittard and I will briefly present some information about what a historic designation would mean for the neighborhood and we will solicit feedback from the residents and answer their questions. The dates being considered are June 23 or June 30 at 5:30 PM. Commissioner Pittard is contacting the residents to find out which date will work out the best for the area residents. After the open house, the HPC will evaluate the reception from the community and determine whether or not to proceed with the designation and review process. The procedure for designating a local district is found in Section 2-120.1 of the City Code as well as Section 11-68 of the State Code of Alabama and includes the following:

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Who’s responsible HPC

Steps in the process Preliminary Research Notice of public hearing

What’s involved Survey of historic resources and their significance At least 10 days in advance and no more than 20 days in advance: • Notice in newspaper: Publishing in three consecutive issues • Mailed notice: to all owners of property and to all occupants To be held at a meeting of the HPC • Within 15 days of the public hearing • In the form of a resolution • An accompanying report that includes: o Physical description o Significance o Map of boundaries and properties o Justification of district boundaries o Design standards o Representative photographs • Evaluation by the Council which includes looking at “Criteria for selection of historic districts” 1 • In the form of an ordinance • Options to adopt as proposed, adopt with amendments, or reject Within 30 days of the adoption of the designation ordinance: • Notice that the designation ordinance was adopted • Apprising owners and occupants of applicable design review guidelines an the need to obtain a certificate of appropriates for material changes Notification to all municipal agencies within the City of Auburn that the designation ordinance was adopted.

Public Hearing Formal recommendation to the Council

City Council

Action on the HPC Recommendation

City Administration

Notification to owners and occupants

Notification to agencies

As you can see, the HPC is at the very beginning of the preliminary research stage and there are a number of steps left to go. I hope the information above is useful and if at any time, you, the Council, or citizens in general have any questions that you will not hesitate to contact me or the HPC Chair, Anne Shaw.

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Specific criteria are found in Section 2-120.1.c of the City Code of Auburn