One last meeting of HOGC on draft of design guidelines

       A subcommittee of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) plans one last meeting Saturday, Jan. 24 before City Planning sends a draft of design guidelines to the State Historical Fund for review.
       Starting at 10 a.m., the meeting is open to the public at the Gold Hill Police substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave.
       The subcommittee, called the Historic Overlay Guidelines Committee (HOGC), has been perusing the draft since late December and offering suggested changes to the city and its contracted architect, Steve Obering.
       At this point, “we're wrapping up details,” said HOGC Chair Kristine Van Wert. “We're pretty much done.”
       The schedule tentatively calls for Westsiders to see the final version of the guidelines at public meetings in late March.
       The guidelines contain explanations and examples of Westside architecture, as well as background information on how the area was built up since the 1860s. According to city staffers and OWN members, the document is intended to help people renovating old homes or building new ones to understand how to do the work so that it's historically correct and/or compatible with surrounding neighborhoods.
       The eventual OWN goal is to make the guidelines the technical basis of an historic overlay zone for much of the older Westside.
       The state review is necessary because it granted the city about $20,000 for the guidelines effort.
       For more information, call 630-2155.

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