What’s ahead in 2019: Georgetown’s historic preservation under review


WHAT WE REPORTED City Council Member Kevin Pitts proposed in August to limit the city’s Historic and Architectural Review Commission’s ability to approve changes to historic properties and instead give the elected City Council final say. Pitts’ proposal renewed debate and tensions over the role the commission, known commonly as HARC, should play when owners of historic properties in Georgetown seek to modify existing structures or construct new buildings in the city’s historic districts.

THE LATEST An ordinance that would change HARC’s role has not yet come before council for a vote. Council members have held several policy workshops to better define the direction the city should take on historic preservation policy. Discussions will continue into 2019.

This post is part of our Top Stories to Follow in 2019 list, a version of which appears in the January 2019 print issue of Community Impact Newspaper’s Georgetown edition.

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Evan Marczynski
Evan Marczynski is editor of the Georgetown edition of Community Impact Newspaper, which he joined in 2016 as a reporter in Northwest Austin and previously covered Austin-area health care and Round Rock ISD. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Evan earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University in 2012 and worked for local newspapers in Washington state before he moved to Texas.
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