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By STEVEN NALLEY
The Starkville Historic Preservation Commission will review a draft of âquick startâ design guidelines for historic neighborhoods at its 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting in City Hallâs courtroom.
Mississippi Heritage Trust Executive Director David Preziosi has been working with the HPC since September on revamped design guidelines for historic buildings in neighborhoods under the HPCâs purview. The âquick startâ draft review is the latest step on a schedule set to deliver a final guideline draft to the Starkville Board of Aldermen on Aug. 1. The meeting agenda calls for the HPC to provide comments and suggested changes to the âquick startâ draft to Preziosi by Jan. 30.
The idea of a âquick startâ section first arose at the HPCâs August meeting after Chairman Michael Fazio said re-evaluated how closely to emulate Philadelphiaâs historic preservation guidelines. He said he believed Philadelphiaâs long sections on maintenance, preservation philosophy, history and other subjects bogged down the rest of the document.
âI would like for us to think about having the bigger items as essentially addenda,â Fazio said. âMy thinking is colored by the desire to have ... all kinds of buzz phrases, the most transparent document, the most user-friendly document, the document that doesnât put people off instantly when they look at it. Itâs like when you buy a new camera, a new electronic device, and it makes you go to the manual, but then youâve got the little thing that folds out a couple of times and you can get going.â
Commissioner Cindy Sullivan quickly identified the short manual Fazio described as a âquick start menu,â and the commission has used the term since its inception.
A sample of Preziosiâs âquick startâ draft found in the HPC e-packet organizes the guidelines into three columns: one for changes to historic buildings owners might propose, one for actions the HPC would take in response to those proposals and one for more information where applicable. The draft often uses the âMore Informationâ column to direct readers to pages of the guidelines containing specific details.
The sample covers several of the guideline topics the HPC discussed Nov. 24, including artificial siding materials and door and window replacement. For instance, it says vinyl and aluminum siding over original siding is not allowed.
âIf people have metal siding up, they donât have to take it down, but they cannot add it,â Fazio said at the Nov. 24 meeting. âThat would be true for new construction as well as rehabilitation.â