An Introduction to HARC


A lot of people in Sun City value the beautiful downtown and well done freshening up of old town homes.  So do long time residents and newcomers who settle here for Georgetown’s graciousness.  With so much going for us, how did the present city council, except for Councillors Jonrowe and Eby, not try to accommodate the residents of Georgetown?  Why did those council members let things get to the point that HARC signs show up in yards like a political campaign?  The lack of transparency and disregard of resident concerns won’t be addressed without a change in council membership.

If you are unfamiliar with the move to remove restrictions on speculators in old town, this article is a good starting point:

https://megaphone.southwestern.edu/2018/10/15/rewriting-history-city-council-calls-the-future-of-georgetowns-harc-into-question/

Changes to HARC

Following the results of a public outreach plan, the City Council identified the following opportunities for improvement:

  • Education
  • Regulation
  • Process
  • Policy

The City Council directed staff to proceed with specific strategies for each of the identified opportunities. Each of the strategies are identified in the COA Amendment Guide. On January 8th, the City Council directed staff to prepare UDC amendments  that allow for the following:

  • Review of Low Priority – No review of low priority structures inside Old Town and Downtown, unless located with one of the four National Register Districts
  • Use of In-Kind Materials– The use of in-kind materials shall be permitted  in medium and low priority structures
  • Review of Demolition Process Outside of Historic District–Retain HARC review for high priority structures, staff-only review for medium priority structures, and remove the 60-day waiting period
  • Review Authority Change–The final decision maker of COAs requiring a public hearing shall become the City Council. HARC shall prepare a recommendation for the City Council for COAs that currently require HARC approval.

A full review of the draft UDC amendments can be viewed at https://udc.georgetown.org/udc-amendments/

Next Steps include:

  • 3/6/19 from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM: Public Open House at the Georgetown Library (2nd Floor) on proposed UDC amendments. This is a great opportunity to submit written comments and meet with Planning staff to discuss next steps and  ask questions about revisions.
  • 3/13/19 at 3:30 PM: UDC Advisory committee makes a recommendation to Planning and Zoning Commission(public hearing and action)
  • 3/19/19 at 6:00 PM: Planning and Zoning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council (public hearing and action)
  • 3/26/19 at 6:00 PM: City Council meeting (public hearing and action)
  • 4/9/19 at 6:00 PM: City Council meeting (2nd reading of the ordinance)

Learn more at https://historic.georgetown.org

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