City project assesses support for possible historic district, landmarks

14 properties eligible for designation

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.

The City has asked the public and affected property owners to provide feedback on the potential historic designations, which involves adding Historic Overlay Zoning to the affected properties downtown. Property owners in and around the potential historic district and historic landmark properties were sent letters about the project, with the request that they return cards with their written comments back to the City by Sept. 20.

Public meetings

At a special called meeting on Sept. 30, the consultant presented the results of the project and public outreach. On Sept. 17, consultant McDoux Preservation made a presentation to the Historic Preservation Commission about the survey project and the potential historic designations. Video of the presentation is posted on Round Rock Replay.

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.

Visit roundrocktexas.gov/historicpreservation for more information or contact Senior Planner Joelle Jordan, 512-218-5422.

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