Monthly Archives: September 2013

“Understanding Complete Streets”

“Understanding Complete Streets”

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Washington Square Charrette it is useful to revisit the primary recommendations and review what developments have occurred and what other complementary efforts are underway. Change comes slowly and sometime the most important change is the education of the community and the evolution of their thinking. More

Preservation and the Secretary of Interior Guidelines

Preservation and the Secretary of Interior Guidelines

 

This past year has seen many instances where the issues of preservation and rehabilitation have been in the news and on people’s minds.  For those who have not been through the procedure of presenting before the Historic District Commission (HDC), the process is shrouded in mystery and fear.  But Newport HDC, like most similar commissions around the state and country, operates on a relatively concise and straightforward set of rules.  Because there are often tax and rehabilitation credits at stake, the government has established a set of standards to determine whether work qualifies as a proper preservation effort.  These are the Secretary of Interior Standards of Rehabilitation (designated “36 CRFR 67” for federal tax incentive programs), comprised of ten guidelines: More