The City of Wenatchee recently made staff changes to the Historic Preservation Program. With the retirement of the previous Historic Preservation Officer, beginning in 2010, the Community Development Department has taken over the responsibility of administering the Historic Preservation Program. Responsibilities include providing technical assistance to Grandview Historic District property owners, processing Historic Preservation applications, and providing staff support to the Wenatchee Historic Preservation Board.
After hearing initial concerns from Grandview residents early in 2010, the City has been engaging in an ongoing public process through which Grandview Historic District residents and property owners, and public officials, review how the Grandview Historic District has been working and propose recommended changes. This process is based on the understanding that residents and property owners are directly impacted by Grandview Historic District guidelines and standards. The City recognizes the importance of neighborhood input and support in order to have a successful Grandview Historic District. Because local guidelines and standards will guide the character of the Grandview Historic District for years to come, community consensus and support is essential.
As part of this effort, City staff have documented the participation process, input received, and changes that have been made, and/or are currently being considered, for the Grandview Historic District. We encourage you to review this information as outlined in the printed materials, meeting notes, and other documents below.
As part of the public process started in 2010 to address concerns raised by Grandview residents, City staff and the Historic Preservation Board have begun another phase of work consisting of comprehensively reviewing and updating the Grandview Historic District Zoning Overlay section of the Wenatchee Zoning Code. The GHD design standards provide property owners, City of Wenatchee staff and the Historic Preservation Board with the “tools” to evaluate proposed changes to properties within the Grandview Historic District.
This work effort is intended to:
Make it clear to all, what special historic standards apply to properties located in the GHD;
Provide simple GHD standards and additional information in a user-friendly format; and
Identify and modify certain existing GHD standards based on resident and Historic Preservation Board input, including the general emphasis of preserving character-defining elements of properties and structures directly visible from and facing the street.
Encourage property owner maintenance and investment in their property.
Make the historic review process simple and streamlined.
The major steps currently planned for this phase of work include:
January - October, 2012: Develop initial draft Design Standards. Discuss initial drafts with the Historic Preservation Board at their regular monthly meetings. Grandview residents are encouraged to attend the meetings or review the initial draft sections as they become available on the City website.
October, 2012: Grandview property owner/resident mailing notice
November 7, 2012: Grandview Open House to discuss proposed Preservation Handbook & get neighborhood feedback. From 5:30PM-7:30PM at NCRL Distribution Center Building, 16 N. Columbia St. Strongly encourage neighborhood participation
December, 2012: Prepare Official Draft Code. Grandview mailing notice.
Jan - Feb, 2013: Official Public Hearings to consider amendments to the Grandview Historic District (Historic Preservation Board, Planning Commission, and City Council). Encourage written comments or oral testimony regarding proposed amendments.
Mar - April, 2013: Grandview mailing/brochure regarding updated GHD code.
Comments From The Grandview Historic District Kickoff Meeting On 9/28/2010 Can Be Viewed At The Links Below:
Presentation Materials From The Grandview Historic District Workshop On 11/16/2010 Can Be Viewed At The Links Below:
Initial Grandview Historic District Zoning Overlay Code Amendments adopted 1/13/2011 and Neighborhood Brochure Can Be Viewed At The Links Below:
Presentation Materials and Feedback Results From The 3/29/2011 Workshop Can Be Viewed At The Links Below:
Feedback Results From The Grandview Historic District Ice Cream Social On 9/14/2011 Can Be Viewed At The Link Below: