|Published: 9:27 AM, 10/28/2013
||Last updated: 9:28 AM, 10/28/2013
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-The Sweetwater Planning
Regional Planning Commission spent considerable time during its
October meeting disusing what types of awnings can be used in the
city's downtown historic district.
Planners debated an ordinance proposal
from the Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) and it was up to the
Planning Commission to make a recommendation to the City Commission
on the ordinance that must be passed by the commission on two
readings after a public hearing is held. All existing awnings are
grandfathered in, but new ones will fall under the new guidelines
Mayor and Planning Commissioner Doyle
Lowe took issue with the language in the draft to change current
rules because it did not specifically allow for metal awnings on the
downtown businesses when new ones are put up.
Several HZC members were present and
they worked with planners to draft new language that will allow metal
awnings along with the pefered canvas if approved by the City
Planners also agreed to guidelines for
historic fence designs that could soon be come the new rules for
properties in the historic district. The HZC feels the introduction
of new fencing in front of historic property where it has not
traditionally been is not always appropirate.
New front yard fencing would be
discouraged but in the new guidelines it does state that, "Where
appropriate, fences in the front yard should be no more than 36
inches high. This low height should be maintained along the
side yard as far as necessary to maintain an unobstructed view of the
building's main architectural features, at least to the front
elevation of the house and/or porch."
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