Town adopts HPAC historic inventory recommendations
The Town of Truckee Planning Commission adopted during its regular meeting Jan. 12, Resolution 2000-01, accepting the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission’s recommendations revising the draft Truckee Historic and Architectural Resource Inventory.
The Historic and Architectural Resources Inventory identifies and describes downtown-area buildings constructed prior to 1950.
The inventory also provides recommendations on those buildings meeting the criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Historic Preservation Advisory Commission wrote in a document to the Planning Commission that it found the scope of the draft inventory too narrow because the inventory did not include buildings which may be of local historic interest and importance to the community but which do not meet the strict standards of the National Register of Historic Places.
The advisory commission also wrote that the inventory did not include structures, objects, features and other points of interest which are not categorized in the national register.
The advisory commission recommended that the Historic and Architectural Resources Inventory be expanded to include buildings in poor structural condition which would otherwise qualify for national register designation and also to list buildings of local historic or architectural interest which are not eligible for national register inclusion.
The commission recommended that the new Truckee Historic and Architectural Resource Inventory classification categories include structures, objects, features and other points of interest.
It is important for the town to commit to the preservation and rehabilitation of these buildings and structures of local interest and to provide incentives and assistance to property owners to go along with the regulatory standards that will accompany the classification of these buildings as local historic resources,” the commission wrote.
The Planning Commission adopted the resolution after adding the recommendation to town council that historic preservation standards be complete before the town considers the records of individual structures, Town Planner Duane Hall said, adding that it is important for all to understand the categorization.
Categories A and B identify buildings and structures with such historical significance that they are recommended as contributing structures to a National Register District to be established in the future.
Categories C, D and E identify buildings and structures that will not be recommended as contributing structures to a National Register District because they do not meet National Register guidelines or are in poor condition.
These buildings still retain sufficient historic or architectural significance to the town.
Category F identifies buildings and structures older than 50 years that do not exhibit historic or architectural character of significance to the town.
Hall said most buildings looked at by the Truckee Historic and Architectural Inventory are buildings which were included in the 1979 Historic Resources Inventory compiled by Nevada County and therefore the impact to downtown property owners will not be great.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9 in the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District Board Room at 11570 Donner Pass Rd.
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