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City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District

During tonight’s Pella City Council meeting, councilors will hold a public hearing to receive public input about the proposed Collegiate Neighborhood Historic District Overlay Zone adjacent to Central College.

The district was first proposed by Don Andre and has the support of Historic Preservation Commission members. It generally includes properties between Main Street and W. 2nd Street and Liberty Street and Independence Street.

The area is considered to have a “significant concentration” of structures that “possess a high degree of historical integrity and convey a distinct sense of time and place that have been designated a historic district by the City Council.” Andre’s application includes signatures of support from 20 of the 34 property owners in the district, whose properties comprise 61 percent of the street frontage in the designated area. It also includes a supporting report that was used in 2017 as part of a successful application to the National Register of Historic Places.

If approved, the Historic District Overlay Zone would impose new requirements and subject the properties in the district to design review standards established by the U.S. Interior Department. Both the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission have recommended approval of the application.

The council will also:

  • hold a public hearing on an ordinance to amend the city’s zoning ordinances related to property near 2110 Idaho Drive for the Planned Unit Development by Genlink;
  • hold a public hearing on a proposal to convey an access easement to Tree Haus LLC related to the Jordan Well project;
  • consider a resolution certifying the population of areas recently annexed into the city’s corporate limits;
  • consider a resolution approving a second change order to the 2019 Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades Project;
  • consider an ordinance amendment revising the boundaries of Precinct 1 in the city to include the newly annexed areas for the Lely North America Headquarters project;
  • hold a policy and planning meeting to discuss a $100,000-135,000 funding request from the Convention and Visitors Bureau and to receive an overview of the 2021-22 budget; and
  • hold a closed session to discuss marketing and pricing strategies for a city utility pursuant to Iowa Code 388.9(1).

Due to health guidelines related to the coronavirus, the meeting will be held electronically. Click HERE to access the meeting online, or call (720) 650-5050 and use the access code 962389622# to participate over the phone.

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