Historic Preservation vs Land Use Laws

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, September 11, 2014
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CDT

CM | 1.50
L | 1.50

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The session will focus on the Arkansas State enabling legislation for Planning and the enabling legislation for Historic District Commissions. The participants will learn the following: How these two statutes overlap and what design criteria and uses are uniquely reviewed or governed by one or the other? Discussion of the Arkansas Code related to Historic Districts, Zoning and Land Use Law will be coverage from both the State and Local level. What is the role of the National Register for Historic Place, Local Ordinance Districts and Zoning - Design Overlay Districts? How can these work together? What happens when a project has to go before the planning commission/board of adjustment and also the HDC notices of public hearings (distance of notified persons,). Where is the best location for the Staff person for the Historic District Commission to be housed? Is it the Planning Department, the Mayor’s office, or another city department? How can the relationship between the two commissions be improved? Examples from local ordinances as well as State law will be provided as well as some examples of how a few municipalities are addressing the overlapping regulations and reviews.