Preservation / Design Review

Chair: Fran Landolf

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On August 12, 2014, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wrote to FHNA that her Administration is committed to funding an additional preservation position to review and approve local historic district applications. In addition, she has asked the Planning Department to begin preparing for the creation of a local historic district in Federal Hill. You may read her entire letter here. This does not mean that a local historic district will be created, only that the process to create one is beginning. One of the major hurdles we face is getting a certain percentage of homeowners to approve the creation through mail-in postcards. We will be discussing this process at an FHNA General Membership meeting this upcoming winter.

On May 22nd, 2012, the Preservation Committee met prior to the general FHNA meeting to discuss options for historic designation of the Federal Hill neighborhood.  A small portion of the neighborhood is within the Montgomery Urban Renewal Ordinance (MURO) and exterior modifications are subject to review by the City Planning Department.  Brent Flickinger from the Planning Department attended the meeting, as did Eric Holcomb, Preservation Officer from the City’s Commission for Architectural and Historical Preservation (CHAP).  The committee reviewed the option of creating a CHAP district for the entire neighborhood which would provide for more uniform treatment of all properties in Federal Hill, not just those properties in the MURO district.