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Historic District PUBLIC MEETING on Design Guidelines - June 26

Public Meeting

The City of Covington is pleased to invite all historic district businesses and property owners to a presentation of the Historic District Design Guidelines.  The meeting will be held in the City of Covington Council Chambers located at 222 Kirkland Street on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. The guidelines are available on the City's website, in person at the Covington Public Library, 310 W. 21st Avenue, or at the Covington Planning and Zoning Department, Covington City Hall, 317 N. Jefferson Avenue.

A $5,000 matching grant was awarded to the City of Covington from the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation to be applied toward consultant fees for the development of Historic District Design Guidelines. These guidelines will be incorporated into the new city-wide comprehensive plan and will assist in the ongoing efforts of historic preservation in downtown Covington by providing applicants and the historic district commission with a clear, concise reference and guide.

The City of Covington selected the firm of Thomason & Associates of Nashville, TN to help facilitate the planning process for developing the Historic District Design Guidelines. Thomason & Associates have been in business since 1982 and have extensive historic design guideline experience with both residential and commercial properties. The firm has prepared over 32 design guidelines for communities throughout the United States. Nearby to Covington, the firm has prepared Historic District Design Guidelines for Abbeville, LA, Franklin, LA, Houma, LA, Jeanerette, LA, Jackson, MS and Biloxi, MS.

Philip Thomason (Project Principal) has over 30 years of experience working with communities across the country on historic preservation projects including cultural resource surveys, design guidelines, National Register nominations and community-wide planning. Recent projects include award winning preservation plans for Little Rock, Arkansas and Cary, North Carolina. He is a frequent speaker on historic preservation issues and has addressed the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street Conference, and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.

On April 18, 2012, Phil Thomason conducted an initial public meeting on the Historic District Design Guidelines’ process in City Council Chambers.  The proposed guidelines will be presented to the public at the June 26th meeting.  For more information, please call the Planning Department at (985) 867-1214.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact the ADA Coordinator at Covington City Hall (985-892-1811) and describe the assistance that is necessary.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Nahketah Bagby, City Planner
nbagby@covla.com
(985) 867-1214