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Procedure for Obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness for New Construction 

Mansion Hill Historic District

The Landmarks Commission, generally speaking, meets on two Mondays per month at 4:30 in the afternoon (http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meetingDates/Landmarks.htm). In order to have your new construction project considered, the request for review should be submitted no later than fourteen days before the meeting at which you wish your project to be discussed. The request should include the following information (12 copies no larger than 11" x 17"):

 

*          A description of the general purpose and intent of the project.

 

*          Site plans, existing and proposed. These should show the location of all buildings on the property and on all adjoining properties, property lines, streets and curbs, vegetation, parking areas, fences, screening and retaining walls, trash and storage areas, lighting, signage, and any other structures to be built.

 

*          Elevations, existing and proposed. Elevations should show topography, design of proposed buildings and outlines of all adjacent buildings to show relationships between them, and the design of all other structures, including fences, retaining walls, screening, outdoor furniture, signage, and trash and storage structures.

 

            *          All materials to be used should be specified.

There is no fee for Landmarks Commission review.

The construction of a new building (not including accessory buildings like garages) in an historic district is usually the subject of much neighborhood interest and curiosity. In most cases, it would be wise to show your plans to the alderperson for your district, who may advise you to present your plans at a meeting of neighborhood people before the Landmarks Commission reviews the proposal.

The criteria for new construction in Mansion Hill are as follows (Madison General Ordinances Sec. 33.01(10)(e)):

1.   The gross volume of any new structure shall be visually compatible with the buildings and environment with which it is visually related (visually related area).

2.   In the street elevation(s) of a new building, the proportion between the width and the height in the façade(s) shall be visually compatible with the buildings and the environment with which it is visually related (visually related area).

3.   The proportions and relationships between width and height of the doors and windows in new street façade(s) shall be visually compatible with the buildings and environment with which it is visually related (visually related area).

4.   The rhythm of solids to voids created by openings in the façade of the new structure should be visually compatible with the buildings and environment with which it is visually related (visually related area).

5.   All new street façades should blend with other buildings via directional expression. When adjacent buildings have a dominant vertical or horizontal expression, this expression should be carried over and reflected.

 

Third Lake Ridge Historic District

The Landmarks Commission, generally speaking, meets on two Mondays per month at 4:30 in the afternoon (http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meetingDates/Landmarks.htm). In order to have your new construction project considered, the request for review should be submitted no later than fourteen days before the meeting at which you wish your project to be discussed . The request should include the following information (12 copies no larger than 11" x 17"):

 

            *          A description of the general purpose and intent of the project.

 

*          Site plans, existing and proposed. These should show the location of all buildings on the property and on all adjoining properties, property lines, streets and curbs, vegetation, parking areas, fences, screening and retaining walls, trash and storage areas, lighting, signage, and any other structures to be built.

 

*          Elevations, existing and proposed. Elevations should show topography, design of proposed buildings and outlines of all adjacent buildings to show relationships between them, and the design of all other structures, including fences, retaining walls, screening, outdoor furniture, signage, and trash and storage structures.

 

            *          All materials to be used should be specified.

There is no fee for Landmarks Commission review.

The construction of a new building (not including accessory buildings like garages) in an historic district is usually the subject of much neighborhood interest and curiosity. In most cases, it would be wise to show your plans to the alderperson for your district, who may advise you to present your plans at a meeting of neighborhood people before the Landmarks Commission reviews the proposal.

The criteria for new construction in the Third Lake Ridge are as follows (Madison General Ordinances Sec. 33.01(11)(d)(f) and (h)).

(d)        Guideline Criteria for new Development in the Third Lake Ridge Historic District - Parcels Zoned for Manufacturing Use.

1.   The gross volume of any new structure shall be visually compatible with the buildings and environment with which it is visually related area.

2.   The height of any new structure shall be visually compatible with the buildings and environment within its visually related area.

(f)        Guideline Criteria for new Development in the Third Lake Ridge Historic District - Parcels Zoned for Commercial Use.

1.   Any new structures shall be evaluated according to both of the criteria listed in Sec. 33.01(11)(d); that is, compatibility of gross volume and height.

2.   The rhythm of solids and voids in the street façade(s) of any new structure shall be compatible with the buildings within its visually related area.

3.   The materials used in the street façade(s) of any new structure shall be compatible with those used in the buildings and environment within its visually related area.

4.   The design of the roof of any new structure shall be compatible with those of the buildings and environment within its visually related area.

5.   The rhythm of building masses and spaces created by the construction of a new structure shall be compatible with the existing rhythm of masses and spaces for those sites within its visually related area.

(h)       Guideline Criteria for new Development in the Third Lake Ridge Historic District - Parcels Zoned for Residential Use.

1.   Any new structures shall be evaluated according to all criteria listed in Sec. 33.01(11)(f) [see above].

2.   The directional expression of any new structure shall be compatible with those of the buildings and environment within its visually related area.

3.   The materials, patterns, and textures of any new structure shall be compatible with those of the buildings and environment within its visually related area.

4.   The landscape plan of any new structure shall be compatible with that of the buildings and environment within its visually related area.

 

University Heights Historic District

The Landmarks Commission, generally speaking, meets on two Mondays per month at 4:30 in the afternoon (http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meetingDates/Landmarks.htm). In order to have your new construction project considered, the request for review should be submitted no later than fourteen days before the meeting at which you wish your project to be discussed if the project is for a building under 100 square feet in size.  If the new structure is over 100 square feet in size a public hearing is required.  In this case the request must be submitted three weeks before the meeting to allow time for notification of surrounding residents.

 The request should include the following information (12 copies no larger than 11" x 17"):

            *          A description of the general purpose and intent of the project.

*          Site plans, existing and proposed. These should show the location of all buildings on the property and on all adjoining properties, property lines, streets and curbs, vegetation, parking areas, fences, screening and retaining walls, trash and storage areas, lighting, signage, and any other structures to be built.

 *          Elevations, existing and proposed. Elevations should show topography, design of proposed buildings and outlines of all adjacent buildings to show relationships between them, and the design of all other structures, including fences, retaining walls, screening, outdoor furniture, signage, and trash and storage structures.

            *          All materials to be used should be specified.

There is no fee for Landmarks Commission review.

The construction of a new building (not including accessory buildings like garages) in an historic district is usually the subject of much neighborhood interest and curiosity. In most cases, it would be wise to show your plans to the alderperson for your district, who may advise you to present your plans at a meeting of neighborhood people before the Landmarks Commission reviews the proposal.

The criteria for new construction in University Heights are as follows (Madison General Ordinances Sec. 33.01(12)(f).

1.         Principal Buildings.

a.         Height. The maximum height for new buildings and structures in the R2, R4 and R4A Zoning Districts shall be 35 feet and shall not exceed 2-½ stories, except as provided in Section 28.08(5)(e) of the Madison General Ordinances [the Zoning Code].

The maximum height for new buildings and structures in the R5, C1 and C2 Zoning Districts shall be 40 feet.

The maximum height in the R6 Zoning District for new buildings and structures shall be 50 feet. All new buildings and structures in all zoning districts within University Heights shall be no less than 15 feet high.

b.         Materials. Materials for the exterior walls of new buildings and structures shall be the same as or similar to materials prevalent in the University Heights Historic District. Permitted materials include brick, narrow gauge horizontal clapboards four or less inches in exposed width, stone, stucco, smooth shingles or combinations of the above provided the combinations occur in a manner and location similar to the materials on existing buildings in University Heights (e.g., brick on first floor with clapboard on second floor). Other materials, such as aluminum or vinyl must be visually compatible with buildings in the visually related area. The following materials are prohibited: concrete block, asbestos, wide clapboards over four inches in exposed width, diagonal boards, vertical boards, rough sawn wood, rough split shingles, shakes.

c.         Visual Size. The gross area of the front façade, i.e. walls facing the street, of a single-family, two-unit or commercial building shall be no greater than 125% of the average gross area of the front façades of buildings in the visually related area. The gross area of the front façade of a multiple-family dwelling shall be no more than 125% of the average gross area of the front façades of all buildings within the visually related area or variations in the setback shall be designed in the front façade of the building to repeat the rhythm and proportions of buildings to space between them within the visually related area.

d.          Roof Shape. The shapes and pitches of roofs on new buildings and structures shall be similar to the roof shapes and pitches on existing buildings within the visually related area.

e.         Roof Materials. Roofing materials on new buildings or structures shall be similar in appearance to roofing materials used on buildings within the visually related area. Modern style shingles, such as thick wood shakes, dutch lap, french method and interlock shingles, that are incompatible with the historic character of the district are prohibited. Rolled roofing, tar and gravel and other similar roofing materials are prohibited except that such materials may be used on flat or slightly sloped roofs which are not visible from the ground.

f.          Solar Panels. Solar panels are permitted on new buildings or structures, including front façades, except when such devices hid from street view significant architectural features of neighboring buildings or if they are of such a large scale that they become a major feature of the design.

g.         Parking Lots. No new parking lots will be approved unless they are accessory to and on the same zoning lot as a commercial building or multiple-family dwelling.

2.         Accessory Buildings.

            Accessory buildings, as defined in Section 28.03(2) of the Madison General Ordinances [garages fall into this category], shall be compatible with the design of the existing buildings on the zoning lot, shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height and shall be as unobtrusive as possible. No accessory building shall be erected in any yard except a rear yard. Exterior wall materials shall be the same as those for construction of new principal buildings as set forth in Section 33.01(12)(f)1.b. [see above].

 

Marquette Bungalows Historic District

The Landmarks Commission, generally speaking, meets on two Mondays per month at 4:30 in the afternoon (http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meetingDates/Landmarks.htm). In order to have your new construction project considered, the request for review should be submitted no later than fourteen days before the meeting at which you wish your project to be discussed. The request should include the following information (12 copies no larger than 11" x 17"):

*          A description of the general purpose and intent of the project.

*          Site plans, existing and proposed. These should show the location of all buildings on the property and on all adjoining properties, property lines, streets and curbs, vegetation, parking areas, fences, screening and retaining walls, trash and storage areas, lighting, signage, and any other structures to be built.

*          Elevations, existing and proposed. Elevations should show topography, design of proposed buildings and outlines of all adjacent buildings to show relationships between them, and the design of all other structures, including fences, retaining walls, screening, outdoor furniture, signage, and trash and storage structures.

            *          All materials to be used should be specified.

There is no fee for Landmarks Commission review.

The construction of a new building (not including accessory buildings like garages) in an historic district is usually the subject of much neighborhood interest and curiosity. In most cases, it would be wise to show your plans to the alderperson for your district, who may advise you to present your plans at a meeting of neighborhood people before the Landmarks Commission reviews the proposal.

The criteria for new construction in the Marquette Bungalows are as follows (see Madison General Ordinances Sec. 33.01(13)(e)):

(e)              Criteria for the Review of New Construction and Fences.

1.   Accessory Buildings. Accessory buildings, as defined in Section 28.03(2) of these ordinances, shall be compatible with the design of the existing building on the zoning lot, shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet in height and shall be as unobtrusive as possible. Accessory buildings shall be erected in the rear yard. If the house on the lot is sided in wood or stucco, the siding on the accessory building shall match the appearance of the siding on the house. Imitation siding materials that approximate the look of the siding on the house, such as vinyl, aluminum or applied stucco-like surfaces, may be approved. If the siding on the house is brick, the garage may be sided in brick to match, clapboard, stucco, narrow-gauge vinyl or aluminum or applied stucco-like surfaces. Garage doors shall blend with the historic appearance of the neighborhood. Horizontally paneled doors and flat paneled doors are prohibited. Windows shall be either casements or double-hung units of a similar proportion to the windows on the house. Alteration of existing accessory buildings shall comply with this Subdivision (e) and with Subdivision (d) above. The roof shape may be a hip or gable of any pitch; single slope roofs are prohibited. The roof material shall match as closely as possible the color and appearance of the roof material on the house.

2.    New Primary Buildings. New primary buildings shall match the design of other houses in the district in materials, roof shape, architectural details, the proportion of solids to voids, the proportion of widths to heights of doors and windows, the scale, height, setbacks, side yards and other visual features. The intention is to have new buildings virtually duplicate the design of other buildings in the neighborhood, since all parcels in the district are currently developed and any new construction would be replacing an existing building.

3.    Fences. Chain link, metal mesh and other rustic style fences, such as rough sawn wood or split-rails, are prohibited in the front yard. Fences in the front yard shall not exceed three (3) feet in height.

 

First Settlement Historic District

Each historic district has criteria that the Landmarks Commission must follow in reviewing new construction projects. (In rare cases, the Landmarks Commission may issue a variance from the criteria. This is explained in detail in Madison General Ordinances Sec. 33.01(13). For more information, contact the Landmarks Commission staff.)

The Landmarks Commission, generally speaking, meets on two Mondays per month at 4:30 in the afternoon (http://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meetingDates/Landmarks.htm). In order to have your new construction project considered, the request for review should be submitted no later than fourteen days before the meeting at which you wish your project to be discussed. The request should include the following information (12 copies no larger than 11" x 17"):

            *          A description of the general purpose and intent of the project.

*          Site plans, existing and proposed. These should show the location of all buildings on the property and on all adjoining properties, property lines, streets and curbs, vegetation, parking areas, fences, screening and retaining walls, trash and storage areas, lighting, signage, and any other structures to be built.

*          Elevations, existing and proposed. Elevations should show topography, design of proposed buildings and outlines of all adjacent buildings to show relationships between them, and the design of all other structures, including fences, retaining walls, screening, outdoor furniture, signage, and trash and storage structures.

            *          All materials to be used should be specified.

There is no fee for Landmarks Commission review.

The construction of a new building (not including accessory buildings like garages) in an historic district is usually the subject of much neighborhood interest and curiosity. In most cases, it would be wise to show your plans to the alderperson for your district, who may advise you to present your plans at a meeting of neighborhood people before the Landmarks Commission reviews the proposal.

The criteria for new construction in the First Settlement are as follows (see Madison General Ordinances Sec. 33.01(14)(e)):

(e)        Criteria for the Review of New Primary Buildings.

1.         Building Height, Scale, Proportion and Rhythm. New primary buildings shall be similar in height to the buildings directly adjacent to each side. If the buildings directly adjacent to each side are different in height, the new building shall be of a height compatible with the buildings within the visually related area of the proposed building. New primary buildings shall be compatible with the scale, proportion, and rhythm of masses and spaces of buildings within the visually related area of the proposed building.

2.         Siding Materials. Narrow gauge clapboards made of wood, composite wood material, or concrete, and/or brick and stone may be permitted. Stucco and split-faced concrete block may be permitted only as trim, rather than the primary siding material. Stucco panels and pebble dash are prohibited. If the first two floors of a proposed building are masonry, the Landmarks Commission may permit the use of artificial siding (i.e. vinyl or aluminum) on the upper floor or floors. In such circumstances, the artificial siding must conform to the following requirements:

a.   The material shall be of the highest grade offered by the manufacturer.

b.   The material shall have a minimum gauge of .042.

c.    The color and sheen of the siding shall be consistent with those used in the era in which adjacent buildings were constructed.

d.   The siding shall not have a false wood grain.

e.   The width of each apparent clapboard shall not exceed four (4) inches.

f.    The use of visible j-channel trim and other prefabricated elements that differ in appearance from those used on historic buildings in the neighborhood is prohibited.

3.         Roof Materials. Roofing materials shall be asphalt shingles; fiberglass or other composition shingles similar in appearance to multi-layered architectural shingles or 3-in-1 tab; or Dutch lap, French method or interlock shingles. Sawn wood shingles may also be approved. Thick wood shakes are prohibited. Vents shall be located as inconspicuously as possible and shall be similar in color to the color of the roof. Rolled roofing, tar-and-gravel, rubberized membranes and other similar roofing materials are prohibited except that such materials may be used on flat or slightly sloped roofs that are not visible from the ground.

4.          Roof Shape. If a primary building does not have a flat roof, the pitch of the new roof shall be no less than 4-in-12.

5.          Façade Design. Street facades shall be modulated with setbacks incorporated into the design at the first floor level. The entrance shall either be inset or projecting from the plane of the main facade. Porches on main entrances are encouraged. Street facades shall reflect the rhythm and directional expression of pre-1930 buildings within the visually related area.

6.         Windows and Doors. The proportion of width to height of doors and windows and the proportion of solids to voids in the front and side facade designs shall be similar to pre-1930 buildings within the visually related area. Windows trimmed with bead molds similar in design to other pre-1930 window trim in the district and windows and doors shall be inset at least one (1) inch from the exterior trim. The main entrance to the building shall be on the front facade.  Garage doors shall be located on the side or rear facades whenever feasible. If it is not feasible to locate the garage door on the sides or rear facades, one-car garage doors will be permitted on the front façade.

CONTACT:
City of Madison
Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
608-266-4635