The three goals that were established in the Blanco Historic Preservation Action Plan in 2007 have kept many of the volunteers and the Blanco Historic Preservation Commissioners very busy for the past 3 and a half years.
Preserving the night sky and controlling light pollution and exploring targeted lighting for pedestrian traffic and car traffic in keeping with rural character are a part of the "Manage Growth to Protect Rural Character and Natural Resources" task force.
Wayne Gosnell began his research and meetings with "Night Sky" preservationists in 2007. He has worked with government agencies and has worked with lighting companies who have assisted other cities in writing their lighting ordinances, with the goal to write lighting guidelines and insert into Blanco’s design guidelines.
Develop and implement design standards, incentives and time-frame penalties for compliance for historic fabric and new development and develop an implement signage standards are a part of the "Promote Adherence to Design Standards" task force. In 2007 Debbie and Carl Homeier led the VIP signage task force with 8 volunteers. In 2010 the city of Blanco received a Certified Local Government Grant to contract with Mainstreet Architects (and Sue Ann Pemberton) to develop Design Guidelines for the City of Blanco. Ms. Pemberton has held three of the four public meetings. The completed document will be delivered to the City of Blanco in July, 2011.
Lighting and Signage Guidelines will be a part of Design Guidelines. On March 8, 2011 the proposed Blanco Signage Ordinance and the Blanco Lighting Ordinance were submitted to the Blanco City Council. After the Planning & Zoning hearings and the City of Blanco hearings of these ordinances they will become a part of the Unified Development Code for the City.
Three and a half years after the Blanco Historic Preservation Action Plan was approved and two years after it was updated two of goals will be completed.
The Blanco Historic Preservation Commission, the Planning & Zoning and Historic Preservation Commission, and numerous volunteers have worked tirelessly to see these goals reached.