Historic District Overlay Zoning Process
Minimum Requirements for Creating a District
The requirements for designating an historic district are
Chapter 23 of the
Zoning Ordinance. For an area to be considered for designation
as an historic district, the following must be met:
- Area. The area being considered must have either:
- Seven or more properties whether or not separated by a
- At least 4 adjacent and adjoining lots or parcels with at least
300 feet of consecutive street frontage. At least 4 adjacent and adjoining lots or parcels with at least
300 feet of consecutive street frontage.
- Historic Elements. To be considered, the area must have at
least one of the following:
- Meet both of the following:
- Possess a significant concentration, linkage or
continuity of sites, buildings, structures or objects which
are united by past events of 50 or more years ago, or
aesthetically by plan or physical development of 50 or more
years ago; and,
- Be worthy of preservation and protection for aesthetic
interest of value, educational potential, or significance in
the history of Mesa.
Designation of an historic district is the same process as
changing the zoning on the property. The review procedures
require citizen participation and notification, review and
recommendation by the Historic Preservation Board, review and
recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Board, and final action by
the City Council. Property owners considering applying for
historic district designation are strongly encouraged to contact the
Historic Preservation Officer early in their consideration.
- Formal application - Submission of a completed
application and a petition signed by
at least 50% plus one of the number of owners within the
boundaries of the proposed Historic District, who also control
at least 50% of the property area to be included within the
- Follow-up Submittal - Based on the feedback received, the
applicant will make a follow up submittal of revised or
additional material. If the application is complete and
the issues have been addressed, a date will be set for the
Historic Preservation Board hearing. Notices will be sent, the property
will need to be posted, and the request will be advertised in
the newspaper. If possible, this notice can also include
the information on the Planning and Zoning Board meeting.
- Citizen Participation - A
participation plan is required as part of the request and
must be submitted by the follow up submittal. This plan
must state how the applicant will engage surrounding property
owners and residents in review of the development request.
At least 10 days prior to the scheduled Planning and Zoning Board
hearing, the applicant must provide a report of the feedback
received and actions taken as a result of the citizen input.
- Staff prepares a report and recommendation to the Historic
This report and recommendation is available on Thursday
afternoon a week prior to the Board meeting. The
Board typically holds its meetings on the 4th Thursday of
the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Lower Level Council Conference
Room. All Board meetings are open to the public and
the applicant is encouraged to attend. The Board
members will hear presentations by the applicant and staff on
the request, discuss the proposal, and vote on a recommendation
regarding whether or not the application should be approved.
Planning and Zoning Board -
Following the action by the Historic Preservation Board, the
application will be scheduled for review and recommendation by
the Planning and Zoning Board. The Planning and Zoning Board holds its regular
meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The Tuesday
morning before that meeting a study session is held to review
cases, obtain clarification about the requests, and ask for
additional information that may be needed to help render a
decision or recommendation. All Board meetings are open to
the public and the applicants are encouraged to attend.
The Board members will hear presentations by the applicant and
staff on the request, discuss the proposal, and vote on a
recommendation regarding whether or not the application should
City Council - The ultimate approval is by the City Council.
Following the action by the Planning and Zoning Board, typically
a month later, the request will be scheduled for public hearing
by the City Council. Should the Council vote to approve
the zoning overlay district, the designation will be effective
30 days after the Council action.
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