Westminster council to vote on historic district zoning

October 11, 1992|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

Westminster's City Council is scheduled to take final actio tomorrow night on the extensively debated proposal to create historic district zoning in the city.

The most recent version of the historic district proposal calls for adding it to the zoning ordinance, but not designating any specific area as historic.

Adding that category to the zoning law will allow citizens to petition the city for the historic designation, which would prohibit them from making exterior changes that would alter a building's architectural character.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. at the Westminster Fire Hall on East Main Street.

Preservation measures proposed in August by a citizens' commission would have designated a one-half-square-mile-area of downtown Westminster as a historic district.

Property owners in the preservation district would have been allowed to demolish or alter the exteriors of buildings only with the approval of an oversight committee.

The council agenda tomorrow night also includes a recommendation from Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan on changes to a city law that forbids parade marchers or demonstrators from carrying the flags of nations with which the United States is at war or has broken off diplomatic relations.

Mr. Yowan said he also expects to make a recommendation on a law that allows city officials to require would-be marchers and demonstrators to post bond.

The state attorney general's office has notified the city that the law may be unconstitutional under a recent Supreme Court ruling because the bond posting is discretionary.

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