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A Proposed Resolution on the Planning Process for the Creation of Local Historic Districts

Whereas, the Durham Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2005 and currently undergoing revision says: “Durham has a wealth of historic resources, many of which have been identified and designated on the National Register of Historic Places, but does not have any local protection in place to assist in the preservation of these properties. Durham should systematically identify and designate those resources in greatest need of the protection,” (Durham Comprehensive Plan, pp. 5-2--5-3) and

Whereas, the Cleveland Holloway neighborhood submitted the required, signed property-owner petitions in June of 2010, and

Whereas, the Golden Belt neighborhood submitted the required, signed property-owner petitions in October of 2010, and

Whereas the Historic Preservation Commission gave initial approval to both of these petitions, and referred them to the Durham City/County Planning Department for further review, and

Whereas, the Planning Department has been unable to begin the studies necessary to designate Cleveland-Holloway and Golden Belt as local historic districts,

Whereas, the Planning Department has been unable to say with assurance when such studies might begin,

[Potential additional clause: Whereas, the Planning Department needs to be as timely and responsive to the requests of ordinary citizens as they are to developers,]

Therefore, the InterNeighborhood Council of Durham urges City and County officials to provide the necessary staff and resources to allow the Planning Department to do these reviews, and to insure that these citizen petitions and all future petitions for local historic districts are acted upon in a timely and expeditious mann

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