Over the course of many years spanning from 2005 to 2013, the Historic Preservation Commission was appointed and worked diligently to identify a Local Historic District and draft a set of design guidelines that would act as the historic regulations for properties within the district. The proposed boundaries and draft guidelines underwent a public review process with residents and owners from the proposed district to ensure that the proposed regulations were aligned with local priorities and historic values. As part of this review process, presentations were shared with residents concerning the proposed district and the guidelines have been revised throughout the process as deemed appropriate.
Heather Fearnbach of Fearnbach History Services, Inc. compiled an inventory and a report of the proposed local historic district area. On May 2, 2013, the Historic Preservation Commission endorsed the report, authorized submission to the State Historic Preservation Office for comment, and made the report available for public review and comment.
On October 28, 2013, the public input process culminated with a public hearing and Lexington City Council
adopted the ordinance to approve the local historic district.
Please click on the following links to access the map and key information regarding the district :
Park Place Local Designation Report
for the report submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office
Local Historic Districts differ from districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places
in that they are zoning overlay districts in which the design regulations act as the zoning regulations within the district. Local Historic Districts are designated by City Council
by adoption of the ordinance following the public hearing. The Historic Preservation Commission is given the responsibility of administering the regulations within the district. Design guidelines provide standards for property owners in the local historic district who make changes or improvements to the exterior of their property. Design guidelines are also used as standards for new construction or infill projects located in the local historic district. Local Historic District design guidelines do not apply to changes made to the interior of a structure.