By law, the LPC is required to hold a public hearing to get the opinion of the building owners, residents, and merchants in the neighborhood before voting on a historic district. . It is therefore extremely important to get your neighbors, elected officials, community board, and the city’s preservation groups to speak passionately at the hearing about why they support the district’s designation. Any supporter who is not able to speak at the hearing should be asked to write a letter to the Commission so that their voice can be heard. Although the LPC legally can designate any landmark over the opposition of the building owner, in general, they prefer to see as much support from the property owners as possible.
After taking public testimony, the LPC will close the public hearing. The Commissioners then take time to review the public record and consider the merits of the district. The LPC staff at this time finalizes the district’s research and historic narrative and compiles the official designation report for the district.
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