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New Ordinance Could Protect Historic Structures

October 17, 2012 by Josh Morgan

A revised demolition delay ordinance has been submitted to the Town Council for its review and if adopted, could help to preserve historic Cheshire architecture.
The proposed ordinance, crafted by the Historic District Commission, aims to delay the demolition of older structures in Town. More than 400 residences and businesses would fall under the proposed criteria, which states the structure must be at least 100 years old and at least 300 square feet. Approximately 90 barns would be protected under the new ordinance as well.
“It gives options for historic preservation,” explained Elizabeth Pratt Fox, chairwoman of the Historic District Commission. “It offers a window of opportunity to look at another way of saving a structure.”
If a structure is subject to the proposed ordinance, it could not be demolished immediately. When an owner applied for a demolition permit, the building official could not authorize it. The owner would have to place a notice in a local newspaper and post a sign outside of the property stating a demolition was planned. Members of the public would have 15 days to file an objection, otherwise the demolition permit could be issued thereafter. However, if an objection was raised, the permit could not be issued until 90 days had passed or the objection was withdrawn.
Read more about the proposed ordinance and what it could mean for historic preservation in the Oct. 18 edition of The Cheshire Herald.

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