Friday, March 6, 2015

Downtown FAQ: Can Neighbors Stop Me from putting An Addition On My Home?

Question: If a resident wants to put a bump-out on the back of their downtown Frederick home, and at least one neighbor objects, does that stop the project?

Answer by Christina Martinkosky, Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Frederick.
A property owner in the Historic District that is interested in constructing an addition must receive HPC approval and appropriate building and zoning permits before starting work. The first step in the process is submitting a complete "Rehabilitation and Additions Application" to the Planning Department. However, many applicants find that it is helpful to meet with Staff to review their ideas before submitting any documentation. Staff is available to meet with property owners and perform site visits.

Once an application is submitted, most proposals for additions are discussed at workshop with the Commission before being reviewed at a hearing. The public has an opportunity to provide comments to communicate their support or concerns for the proposal. The Commission does consider public input, however the Commission is charged with making decisions based on the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines.

Residents with questions can call the Planning Department at 301-600-1499. Ask to speak to a Historic Preservation Planner.

Downtown FAQ is a new item in the blog.  Feel free to submit questions and I will find the official answers. ~ Darcy