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LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT MEETINGS – Round 1
Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC):
December 18, 2017, 5:00pm at Room 103A, City County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd

October 29 Wisconsin State Journal Article by Dean Mosiman
Read the article here

A More Complete Story Podcast
Listen to Amy Scanlon, Jason Tish, Torianna Pettaway and Meghan Randolph talk about the Historic Preservation Project

November 2nd & 29th Community Values and Historic Resources Discovery Meetings

The City of Madison hosted two public meetings to discuss community values and discover historic resources on November 2 and 29, 2017. The meetings included presentations by City staff and the consultant team describing the Project and the need to gather values around historic preservation. The consultant explained that examples of value statements can come from adopted plans and policies, meeting comments and online survey results. The meetings also included interactive sessions to discover those places that attendees felt should be retained for future generations and why. From this discussion, the attendees began to develop value statements for further discussion.

View the November 2nd presentation
View the November 29th presentation

Project Overview

The City of Madison is creating its first ever Historic Preservation Plan. This plan will identify, celebrate and preserve the places that represent our collective histories. In addition, the ordinance standards for Madison's five local historic districts will be updated. The descriptions and materials related to both of these efforts can be found below.

Historic Preservation Plan

The Historic Preservation Plan will provide a framework for future preservation that goes beyond the City's current, primarily regulatory, role. It will recommend strategies to more effectively integrate historic preservation into public policy, explore zoning and land use tools, capitalize on economic development and financial incentives, and encourage heritage tourism. This process will employ strategies to engage, educate, and connect with all the groups that make up Madison's unique history, with a particular emphasis on traditionally underrepresented groups.

An important goal of the Preservation Plan is to preserve what is most important to Madison's fabric. It is necessary to have an inclusive, complete and accurate inventory of the places that create its story. This part of the process will build on current documentation of resources, identify gaps, and develop a strategy to ensure a complete, accurate, and expandable survey.

Kick Off Meeting
The City of Madison hosted a public meeting to kick off the Historic Preservation Project on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at the Goodman Community Center.

The meeting included an introduction of the process by City staff and the consultant team for the two parts of the project - developing the Historic Preservation Plan and updating the existing local historic district ordinances. The meeting included interactive sessions regarding public engagement, discovery of underrepresented communities' histories and an overview of the preservation plan development and ordinance revisions.

View The Historic Preservation Project presentation.

 

Historic District Ordinance Revisions

Madison's five local historic districts each have their own ordinance requirements for additions, alterations, and new construction. Some of these ordinances are over 40 years old, and have not been modified since they were created. This process will analyze the historic resources in each district, examine successes and challenges, evaluate current ordinances, and propose new or revised ordinance language.

Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee Meeting (LORC) - June 29, 2017
Landmarks Meeting - August 14, 2017
     Meeting Outcomes and Findings - August 14, 2017
LORC Meeting - September 14, 2017
     Meeting Outcomes & Findings - September 14, 2017
First Settlement - October 11, 2017
Mansion Hill - October 11, 2017
University Heights - October 30, 2017
Consultant Team

To assist with the development of the Historic Preservation Plan and the revisions to the ordinance standards for the local historic districts, the City has engaged a team of consultants. The consultant team is comprised of a variety of professionals to deliver the specific experience and insight needed for the development of the Historic Preservation Plan.  The team includes several professional historic preservation consultants, a historic preservation architect, and an urban planner and public participation specialist.

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Legacy Architecture, Inc. is an architectural design and historic preservation consulting firm based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, founded by Jennifer L. Lehrke.  Legacy Architecture has earned a statewide reputation as one of the leading providers of historic preservation design and consulting services in Wisconsin.  Legacy Architecture has nominated properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places and has completed numerous architectural and historical intensive surveys in urban, small town suburban and rural communities across Wisconsin.  Please visit the Legacy Architecture, Inc. website for more information www.legacy-architecture.com.

Jennifer L. Lehrke, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, will serve as a Principal Architect & Historic Preservation Consultant, and Bob Short, Associate AIA and Rowan Davidson, Associate AIA, will serve as Historic Preservation Consultants for the Historic Preservation Plan project.

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Ce Planning Studio is an urban planning consulting firm based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, founded by Carolyn J. Esswein.  Ce Planning Studio is known for urban design, design guideline and code development, public participation strategies and implementation, community redevelopment planning, and comprehensive planning.  Ce Planning Studio has completed numerous neighborhood revitalization plans and cultural resource chapters in comprehensive plans in Wisconsin.  Please visit the Ce Planning Studio website for more information www.ceplanningstudio.com.

Carolyn J. Esswein, AICP, CNU-A, will serve as the Urban Planner & Public Participation Specialist for the project.

Other Historic Preservation Consultants include:

Timothy F. Heggland, Historic Preservation Consultant, has worked on numerous historic preservation projects for the City of Madison and other Wisconsin communities over the past several decades.  Tim's vast knowledge of Madison's local history and architectural resources will serve as an invaluable resource for the planning effort.

Jason Tish, Historic Preservation Consultant and founder of Archetype Historic Property Consultants, has worked on numerous historic tax credit, small-cap TIF, and façade improvement grant projects as well as local, state, and federal nominations for historic designation.  Prior to starting Archetype, Jason served as the Executive Director of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation and brings a wealth of knowledge of Madison's more recent local history and architectural resources. For more information please visit their website at: http://www.archetype-hpc.com/.

 

Last Updated: 12/12/2017

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