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Local Historic Overlay Districts

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Read the full section on Historic District Overlay from the Unified Development Code

What is the purpose of an Historic District Overlay?

A Historic District Overlay is intended to establish and preserve structures, sites or areas that have outstanding historical and cultural significance. It is not intended to limit the development of undeveloped lands.

What is the criteria for an Historic District Overlay?

A proposed Historic Overlay District must comply with the following criteria:

Historic Overlay District Petition Application Process

Application Process flowchart

Designation Authority

Designation of a HD-O may be accomplished by ordinance of the City Council if all of the following requirements are met:

  1. A petition to the Planning Department containing the signatures of at least 75% of the
    property owners located within the proposed HD-O; and
  2. A recommendation for approval by the Historical Preservation Board; and
  3. Favorable vote of a simple majority of the members of the City Council.


Nothing contained in the designation of a property as a HD-O shall affect the use of the property, and all uses shall be governed by the zoning use districts established by the Unified Development Code.

Please contact Amber Varona, 903-531-1174 or email for additional information.

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