La Grange commission looking at historical guidelines

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By Alix Mattingly


After 10 years with no changes, La Grange’s Historic Commission is updating its guidelines.

At a special meeting on Wednesday, the commission reviewed part of the guidelines, changing some wording to make the guidelines easier to use. The review also serves as a way to update or omit guidelines that are unclear, unfeasible or obsolete.

“They are guidelines, it’s not a one size fits all,” commissioner Tom Clemons said.

The Historic Commission sets guidelines that relate to the facade of homes and buildings in the historic district. Things like window size, porch fixtures and skylights are covered in the guidelines. Any changes to the exterior of a structure in the historic district that have an applicable guideline must go through a review and approval process by the commission. All unapproved changes are subject to fines from the city code enforcement officer.

The guidelines are available on the city’s website and at city hall. Updated guidelines are expected to be presented to the city council for approval in the spring.

The Historic Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Welcome Center on Poplar.

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