City of Round Rock, Texas Seeks Feedback on Possible Historic District, Landmarks

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City is asking the public and property owners to provide feedback on the potential historic designations, which involves adding Historic Overlay Zoning to the affected properties downtown.

map of proposed zoning district

Map of proposed historic overlay zoning district

Historic districts create both benefits and responsibilities for property owners. Because historic district property owners are required to maintain the historic character of the neighborhood, property values are typically stronger and more stable.

During the past three years, the City of Round Rock has updated its survey of historic resources within the Downtown Master Plan area. The survey identified 14 properties that are eligible to be designated as historic landmarks, as well as a potential new historic district in the East End neighborhood.

The Historic Preservation Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, and City Council voted to accept the survey reports, which recommended the new landmarks and historic district, without taking any action at that time concerning the designations.

Now the City is asking the public and property owners to provide feedback on the potential historic designations, which involves adding Historic Overlay Zoning to the affected properties downtown. The City will collect public input through Friday, Sept. 20.

Property owners in and around the potential historic district and historic landmark properties will receive letters about this project. The City will also hold a presentation on the potential historic designations at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 17 followed by a public information meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both meetings will be held in City Council Chambers, City Hall, 221 E. Main St. Everyone is welcome to attend to meet with City staff members, review maps, receive take-home information, and ask questions.

These meetings are being held to provide information to the Historic Preservation Commission and to the public. No action regarding a change in zoning is currently scheduled for consideration. Any zoning change concerning historic designation involves a series of public hearings and must be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, and City Council. Once the City has collected public input, staff will decide whether to bring forward designations for consideration by the Commissions and Council.

For more information, contact Joelle Jordan in the Department of Planning and Development Services at (512) 218-5422.

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