|Mayor wants clear downtown preservation guidelines|
DURHAM - Budget disputes notwithstanding, Mayor Bill Bell is giving city/county planners the hurry-up when it comes to drafting new guidelines for Durham's Historic Preservation Commission to follow in judging downtown projects.
Planners say a draft of the new guidelines should be ready next summer, but Bell says that's not soon enough. "We need to be more aggressive on that," he said during a special City Council meeting on downtown development strategy.
The mayor also said he wants it spelled out to the preservation commission's members that their role in guiding that development is a limited one.
"My concern is that they have a better sense of the overall goals of the city in the decisions they make," Bell said. "We're not asking them to design buildings. Maybe they need a clear set of rules, [where] anything outside of that, you leave alone."
(Durham Herald-Sun 10/26/13)