Legal Issues

City of Frederick Aldermen to vote on Fairgrounds designation

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The iconic red-accented building that marks the entrance to the Frederick Fairgrounds may be the last commercial example of its architectural style in the city of Frederick. It is also one of 21 buildings or structures within a 22-acre area recommended for a special designation that would add extra requirements [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:02:37+00:00August 30th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on City of Frederick Aldermen to vote on Fairgrounds designation

Frederick City HPC votes on relocation of controversial Taney statue

Excerpt from Your4State.com: The final vote for removing a controversial statue in the city of Frederick is underway There have been four proposals submitted by Frederick City Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak for the removal of the Roger Brooke Taney statue and this is the first time it has gone to resolution. “I think that this decision has [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:06:33+00:00August 2nd, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Frederick City HPC votes on relocation of controversial Taney statue

City of Frederick Rejects Designation Proposed for Historic Farmhouse

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: A proposal to demolish a 19th-century farmhouse and redevelop the land for commercial use will move forward as planned. The city of Frederick Board of Aldermen on Thursday voted against placing a historic preservation overlay on the farmhouse at 1724 N. Market St. An overlay is an extra level of [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:10:58+00:00July 7th, 2016|Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues, Rural|Comments Off on City of Frederick Rejects Designation Proposed for Historic Farmhouse

Rockville HDC to Consider New Plan for Chestnut Lodge

Excerpt from The Sentinel: A controversial plan to build seven townhouses at Chestnut Lodge is now being pared down to six townhouses. However, the developer will need to start the application process over again before the City Council decides whether to approve it. “We’re not thrilled about starting over again,” said Stephen Orens, an attorney [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:12:21+00:00June 28th, 2016|Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues, New Construction, Rockville|Comments Off on Rockville HDC to Consider New Plan for Chestnut Lodge

Registration open – Legal Symposium: Creating, Defending, and Enforcing a Strong Historic Preservation Ordinance

The one-day symposium will address the legal, community, political, and enforcement challenges related to historic preservation ordinances and present creative, proven solutions for addressing them. Historic preservation commissioners, commission staff, city and county attorneys, and code enforcement officials are invited to participate in this interactive day of learning and discussion. We are pleased to have William Cook, Association [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:16:42+00:00May 27th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues, Training|Comments Off on Registration open – Legal Symposium: Creating, Defending, and Enforcing a Strong Historic Preservation Ordinance

Annapolis Petitions Circuit Court on Its Authority over Murals

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: The battle over whether a mural can stay on Annapolis restaurant Tsunami's wall will head to court as restaurant owner Gavin Buckley was served with court papers on Friday. It's the culmination of months of back-and-forth between the West Street restaurant and the city's Historic Preservation Commission. Originally, the restaurant received [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:18:24+00:00May 20th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Annapolis Petitions Circuit Court on Its Authority over Murals

In the news: Annapolis Working Group Dissolved, Ordinance Changes to be Withdrawn

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The contentious legislation on changes to city code governing historic properties will be withdrawn at Monday's City Council meeting and the work group surrounding that legislation has been dissolved. An email sent out by Pete Gutwald, the city's Director of Planning and Zoning, broke the news to members of the [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:25:11+00:00April 6th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Annapolis Working Group Dissolved, Ordinance Changes to be Withdrawn

In the news: Work group meets to tackle Annapolis historic preservation code

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: A work group discussing changes to the city code on historic landmarks and structures met Wednesday at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. Participants pored over each line, debating the changes to city code the Historic Preservation Commission uses for oversight and regulation of historic properties. For those at the meeting, [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:27:20+00:00March 29th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Work group meets to tackle Annapolis historic preservation code

In the news: Annapolis Planning Commission sends Historic District code changes back to council for amendments

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: Near the end of the long meeting, which pushed past 10:30 p.m., the Planning Commission had a lengthy conversation on what to do with the legislation before it. The discussion was over proposed code changes governing the Historic District, which would modify how the city handles demolition by neglect, maintenance [...]

By |2016-12-09T11:25:23+00:00February 9th, 2016|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Annapolis Planning Commission sends Historic District code changes back to council for amendments

In the news: Historic preservation code change legislation introduced in Annapolis

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: Annapolis residents asked the City Council on Monday to delay legislation that would change the city code that regulates historic properties in Annapolis, saying they wanted more time for public input on the complex legislation. The legislation was introduced despite the requests to delay it, and it will go before several [...]

By |2016-12-09T11:25:37+00:00January 12th, 2016|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Historic preservation code change legislation introduced in Annapolis

In the news: Designation moratorium lifted in Frederick but process may change

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: As early as the first week of January, the Frederick County Council might consider changes to the process for registering historic properties in the county. A six-month moratorium on new applications for properties seeking inclusion on the County Register of Historic Places — which council members pursued after the controversial application [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:41:05+00:00January 6th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Frederick County, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Designation moratorium lifted in Frederick but process may change

In the news: Proposed code changes in Annapolis to help homeowners

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: Proposed changes to city code are about bringing the Annapolis in line with state definitions and providing a clearer path for the people who own historic properties, the Historic Preservation Commission chairwoman said Thursday. "We focused on things like clarity for the user, the property owners, for our stake holders [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:46:34+00:00November 25th, 2015|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Proposed code changes in Annapolis to help homeowners

In the news: Havre de Grace HPC urges City Council to accept gift of historic houses

Excerpt from the Baltimore Sun: The Havre de Grace City Council postponed voting earlier this week on an ordinance to accept a donation of two adjacent properties from a city resident because of concerns about the cost of maintaining one of two homes, built in 1847, as well as deed restrictions prohibiting the city from [...]

By |2016-12-16T11:50:00+00:00October 27th, 2015|Havre De Grace, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Havre de Grace HPC urges City Council to accept gift of historic houses

It’s time: Sharon Kennedy makes the case for updating Annapolis’ Preservation Ordinance

Sharon Kennedy, MAHDC Vice President and Annapolis HPC Chair, explains why it's time to update Annapolis' preservation ordinance in the Capital Gazette: "As the result of community conversations as well as procedural practices over the past years, the HPC has identified four main goals of the updates: Codification of the existing administrative approval process. Designed [...]

By |2017-01-04T13:48:38+00:00September 15th, 2015|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Demolition by Neglect, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on It’s time: Sharon Kennedy makes the case for updating Annapolis’ Preservation Ordinance