A small group of residents organized meetings to gauge the interest of property owners and residents in preserving the historic character of the area near the intersection of Virginia and North Highland Avenues through the creation of Historic District Overlay Zoning. The two historic subdivisions being considered for inclusion are Adair Park (1914) and the F.A. Ames Property/Virginia Highlands (1922). They are made up of just over 300 homes; you can see both on the boundary map on this page. The commercial properties along N. Highland and Virginia in these areas will not be considered for inclusion as they already have Neighborhood Commercial Overlay zoning.
The efforts and studies by previous local historic committees – which gathered many specific plat maps and other materials from all of Virginia-Highland and studied the application process and requirements – provided a useful starting point for this discussion. Our first review suggested that a form of historic designation called ‘Historic District Overlay Zoning’ is the specific one that would be most appropriate here. It is the least restrictive form of regulated historic district, yet still offers some significant protection. Like many topics, what we all need to know is in the details, and we look forward to sharing and studying all those with other owners and residents.
This group has been and is also researching other mechanisms for preserving the character of the neighborhood. To date, historic districts have been recommended by the city as the tool to use by neighborhoods seeking further regulation/protection than what exists in current city code. With current trends in increased intown development other options may become available and we will examine and share those as well.
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