The Historic Preservation Commission has been very busy lately for the benefit of the beautiful town of Blanco in the downtown historic district.
The right steps were taken when it comes to applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) in the past weeks. The City of Blanco applied, Lone Star Construction applied, and the Pioneer Museum also applied.
Yes, all three were approved, so progress has been made. The city was approved for the banners as seen in the historic district from place to place, Lone Star Construction was approved for replacing the concrete parking lot and the flatwork at the post office, and the Pioneer Museum was approved for a new metal roof on the one-car garage that now matches the museum’s roof.
What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
A Certificate of Appropriateness is a document that you receive from the HPC stating that specific work has been approved by the Commission.
A Certificate of Appropriateness is required before most exterior work begins and before a building permit can be issued. Changes involving new construction, reconstruction, alteration, demolition, windows, roofs replacement, major maintenance, exterior color changes, and the introduction of fences, walls, lighting fixtures, permanent landscaping, etc. require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
If you are in Blanco’s downtown historic district and have future plans for any exterior work, signage, and banners, it is required for HPC to review and approval before work can proceed. You can pick up an application with the city during business hours.
HPC is working on the design guidelines, signage guidelines, and on the ordinance 4.4 in the UDC that includes things like requiring a COA approval within a reasonable time.
Back on Monday, October 25, a large group Blanco’s citizens, building owners, homebuilders, remodelers, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and realtors met at the library with the Mainstreet Architects of San Antonio. If you missed this meeting it was a very educational program involving local historic structures and homes.
Here is a list of web site to keep you in touch:
This article was contributed by Rudy Nino, a member of the HPC and a local builder/remodeler.