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Historic Preservation Commission - May 21, 2019 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Historic Preservation Commissioners of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

The Historic Preservation Commissioners present or absent were as follows:

Present: Christine Kloubec, Matthew Boreen, Paul Gleye, Mike Dawson, Jay Nelson, Nathan Larson

Absent: Heather Fischer

Vice Chair Kloubec called the meeting to order and welcomed Members to the meeting.

Item 1: Minutes: Regular Meeting of January 15, 2019
Member Boreen moved the minutes of the January 15, 2019 Historic Preservation Commission meeting be approved. Second by Member Gleye. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Historic Overlay District Review

a. 1122 7th Street South – Erskine’s Historic Overlay: APPROVED
Assistant Planner Maggie Squyer introduced the proposed project for the demolition of an existing garage, and construction of a new garage that includes a new walkway and back patio.

Applicant representative Mark Johnson spoke on behalf of the application.

Board discussion ensued regarding the following: height of the proposed garage; design of the garage door; construction of a new walkway and back patio; and more defined conceptual drawings of the proposal for review.

Planning Director Nicole Crutchfield added staff is reviewing the existing application process and will work with the applicant to address information the Board is seeking. Ms. Crutchfield stated staff typically has not provided recommendations for proposals in the past, but are recommending approval of this application as presented.

Member Larson present.

Member Boreen moved to approve the project as presented. Second by Member Gleye. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

b. 1122 8th Street South – Erskine’s Historic Overlay: APPROVED
Ms. Squyer introduced the proposed project to rework the rear entry to the existing house adding a screened-in porch with fireplace; and demolition of the existing garage to construct a new garage.

Applicant Zack Dawson spoked on behalf of the application.

The Board further discussed the proposal and the materials to be used in the design.

Member Gleye moved to approve the project as presented. Second by Member Larson. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Liaison Reports
Member Boreen gave an update from the April 23, 2019 Board of Adjustment meeting.

Item 4: Other Business or Public Comment
• Vice Chair Kloubec noted the Board has been invited by the Heritage Society to attend the 44th Annual Preservation Awards being held tonight, May 21.

• Member Nelson shared information about a recent event published in the Star Tribune called “Doors Open Minneapolis”, a free event providing access to private and government buildings not generally open to the public. He felt this may be something of interest locally as a way to further educate residents about the importance of preserving our City’s historic buildings.

• 524 15th Street South – Jefferson’s Historic Overlay: APPROVED
Ms. Crutchfield noted an additional application submitted to the Board, which was not included in the meeting packet. She stated applicant Drew Kierzek is present and is seeking the Boards approval for the demolition of an existing garage and driveway, and construction of a new garage and concrete driveway.

Mr. Kierzek proceeded to speak on behalf of the application presenting additional renderings for the Boards review.

Member Larson moved to approve the project as presented. Second by Member Gleye. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

• Ms. Crutchfield continued with the following updates:

- Core Neighborhoods Plan: Ms. Crutchfield stated the Planning Commission and the Community Development Committee are working together to develop this plan, and held a joint Brown Bag meeting last week. She noted a draft for a Request for Proposal (RFP) is being created to hire a consultant, and will be shared with this Board for review and participation in this process going forward.

- Land Development Code Request for Proposal (RFP): Ms. Crutchfield noted the RFP was just released for a consultant to complete a diagnostic review of the Land Development Code (LDC). She noted this is step 1 in the process to update the LDC, written in 1998, to provide a more integrated flexibility in the LDC to better align with the City’s future growth.

Item 5: Next Meeting – June 18, 2019

The time at adjournment was 8:46 a.m.