Vinci Cottage, Woodleigh Garden two in-town stars on annual tour _lowres (copy)

Woodleigh Garden, across Royal Street from Vinci Cottage in St. Francisville's Historic District, as seen in 2016.

ST. FRANCISVILLE — The Board of Aldermen approved a lengthy list of revisions Tuesday to the architectural guidelines for construction and renovations of properties in the town's Historic District, following a series of meetings and public hearings.

The 28-page document is intended to protect and enhance the historic and visual character of the historic district recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. A Historic District Commission oversees compliance with the regulations.

A copy of the new guidelines, with changes outlined in red type, is available at the Town Hall. The district includes all of Ferdinand and Royal streets, and properties fronting on Commerce Street between Burnett Road and Gaspers Creek, near the Post Office.

In another matter, the board set a 4 p.m. July 17 public work session with the Planning and Zoning Commission and planning consultant Steve Villavaso to work on impact fees for new residential and commercial development in the town.

Villavaso said the town's new subdivision regulations already allow the town to charge developers for new infrastructure that may be needed to accommodate the development, such as a sewage lift station or a water line upgrade.

He said the subdivision regulations are stellar in that "essentially new developments pay for themselves."

Impact fees, however, are collected for the long-term, residual impact of growth on streets, sewer and other infrastructure, Villavaso said.

The July work session should result in his firm beginning to prepare ordinances for discussions in August, the consultant said.

In other action, the board:

  • Adopted a proclamation in memory of the late William Conville Hobgood Jr., who served as an alderman and mayor of St. Francisville. He died May 21 at age 95.
  • Approved commissions as new part-time police officers for Clayton Marionnaux, Cassandra Melancon and Israel Hernandez.
  • Dropped the idea of paying for a traffic study to determine if the traffic light at the intersection of Commerce and Ferdinand streets could be replaced with stop signs. Mayor Billy D'Aquilla said he will contact a traffic signals company to determine the cost of changing to a flashing light intersection late at night.