A committee studying the idea of making parts of Uptown New Orleans and Carrollton a local historic district will hold its second public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at 8539 Willow St.
The Uptown/Carrollton Historic District Study Committee is one of two panels recently appointed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to consider expanding the jurisdiction of the city’s Historic District Landmarks Commission to additional areas. The HDLC already reviews changes to the exterior of properties in 14 historic neighborhoods.
The other committee is studying the Mid-City/Parkview area.
At the first meeting of the Uptown/Carrollton study committee, held at City Hall two weeks ago, committee members asked the HDLC staff to present options for the boundaries of the areas to be included in an Uptown district. Consideration of the boundary possibilities is the primary agenda item for Monday’s meeting.
Both Carrollton and Uptown are historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, that listing does not provide for review of proposed demolitions, renovations or new construction in those areas.
Applications for demolitions in those districts are reviewed by the city’s Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee and the City Council, but there is no mechanism by which plans for new construction in Carrollton and Uptown must be reviewed for compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood.
Should the areas become local historic districts, the HDLC rather than the NCDAC would decide whether to approve demolition requests. Decisions of the HDLC do not require council action unless the applicant appeals.
The extent of proposed HDLC jurisdiction in Uptown and Carrollton will also be considered by the study committee.
The committee can recommend whether HDLC jurisdiction would be complete, partial or a hybrid.
In a “full control” district such as the Irish Channel, Algiers Point, Bywater, the Lower Garden District and others, the HDLC reviews applications for demolitions, cases of “demolition by neglect,” plans for renovations and designs for new construction.
The Garden District, however, opted for “partial control,” meaning that the HDLC regulates only demolitions, demolition by neglect and plans for new construction in that neighborhood. It has no jurisdiction over renovations of existing structures.
Committee members hope to have recommendations ready to go to the council by year’s end.