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Posted on: December 6, 2019

Strand ordinance rules explained

Strand ordinance

City Council recently adopted new regulations for the Strand/Mechanic Historic District that prohibit the obstruction of architectural features with the placement of items for sale or other displays. 

The purpose of the ordinance is the protection, enhancement, and perpetuation of the Strand/Mechanic Historic District as a public necessity required in the interest of the health, prosperity, safety, and welfare of the people of the city. The obstruction of the historic elements of the building effects the integrity and the historic feel of the area, as well as, the maintenance and protection of the architectural features.

The ordinance has been adopted and is in effect. The following is a summary of the requirements:

  • No items may be displayed on the exterior of the building.
  • No items may be displayed within the threshold or on the exterior of the doors- including if the doors open inward into the interior. This includes free standing items and items attached to the building.
  • Items displayed behind window glass or behind open doors are permitted.
  • Items that have current License to Use (LTU) will continue to be allowed (ex: tables and chair s, potted plants, etc.).
  • All new flat wall signs will require the approval of the Landmark Commission to ensure that no architectural features are being obstructed. Projecting signs will continue to be approved by staff

If a business wishes to display items on the exterior, there is a review process through the Landmark Commission. A business may apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness through the Development Services Department. The application shall include:

  • Example of the item/s to be placed.
  • Location of the item/s.
  • How the item/s will be anchored.

Written Justification should address the following:    

  • There is no practical alternative to the placement of the item,
  • The placement is done in such a way as to minimize the obscuring of the architectural feature, and
  • The placement of the item enhances the appearance of the architecture feature

The ordinance may be viewed in its entirety here.

Thank you for your assistance in the  protection of the Strand/Mechanic Hist oric District. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact 409-797-3660 or planningcounter

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