Council passes historic preservation ordinance

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County > Efforts to preserve the past have been years in the making

By Arin McKenna

Los Alamos now has a process for designating and protecting historically significant properties, thanks to a historic preservation ordinance approved by county council Tuesday.

The ordinance does not create any specific historic districts or historic sites or contain any specific design standards governing control of activities in historic districts.

Instead, it “outlines the application process for historical designation and alterations of historically designated property, ensures appropriate review and control of architectural and contextual compatibility within the district and establishes approval procedures using existing administrative systems.”

“This establishes a process that allows the county council to regulate historic assets,” said County Associate Planner Dan Osborn.

“Another piece of this that we’re excited about is that this is a voluntary program. It has an application process that the property owner will be able to bring forward if they are requesting historic designation and design standards for their property.

“Then we can offer them a set of additional assets through the historic preservation office at the state level as well as some expertise and guidance through our review boards.”

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