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Historic Preservation Commission - November 17, 2020 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Historic Preservation Commissioners of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held virtually in the Commission Chambers at City Hall at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

The Historic Preservation Commissioners present or absent were as follows:

Present: Heather Fischer, Matthew Boreen, Paul Gleye, Jay Nelson

Absent: Christine Kloubec, Mike Dawson, Nathan Larson

Chair Fischer called the meeting to order and welcomed Members to the meeting.

Item 1: Minutes: Regular Meeting of October 20, 2020
Member Gleye moved the minutes of the October 20, 2020 Historic Preservation Commission meeting be approved. Second by Member Nelson. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Oak Grove Neighborhood Historic Overlay District: APPROVED
Planning Coordinator Maegin Elshaug presented the application to initiate a Historic Overlay District in the Oak Grove Neighborhood. She reviewed the packet information and noted staff received seven inquiries, and one letter in opposition that is included in the packet. Ms. Elshaug stated upon Board approval, this item will be presented before the Planning Commission for their recommendation, and to the City Commission for the final decision.

Discussion began regarding how future applicants seeking a building permit are informed about the proposed development standards and exemption information, staffs process for follow-up on approved projects; enforcement of noncompliance violations; and the concerns stated in the letter in opposition.

Ms. Elshaug explained the existing processes that are in place, and will follow-up with the Board after reviewing these processes with the departments and staff involved.

Applicant Carol Pearson addressed the concerns stated in the letter in opposition. Ms. Pearson also acknowledged the other individuals who were part of the survey process and development of the proposal.

Member Gleye addressed the letter in opposition, shared his definition of what a neighborhood is, and highlighted the role the Historic Preservation Commission provides in maintaining the standards outlined for each approved historic overlay district.
Member Gleye moved to recommend approval of the proposed Oak Grove Neighborhood Historic Overlay District as presented. Second by Member Nelson. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Liaison Reports
No reports were provided at this time.

Item 4: Other Business or Public Comment
No other business or public comments were discussed.

Item 5: Next Meeting – December 15, 2020
The time at adjournment was 8:22 a.m.