Agenda Item # 10

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

02/09/2016

Agenda Report # 83


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2016 Historic Preservation Fund CLG Survey & Planning Grant

INITIATED BY: Planning Department


Recommendation: Approval is requested to apply for and accept, if awarded, a State Historic Preservation grant, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award. The Planning Department has requested a maximum of $20,000 regarding the aforementioned grant.

Background: The Planning Department staff, with the assistance of the Preservation Planner at the Historic Columbus Foundation, applied for State Historic Preservation Grant Funds. The purpose of the application is to update the City’s Uptown Facade Board Design Guidelines. The last guidelines were established in 2000. Through a public-private partnership, Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc. has agreed to provide the necessary cash matching funds (40%). The City’s grant application is currently pending at the Historic Preservation Division office. The grant and matching funds will be used to hire a consultant to produce the Design Guidelines and publish the finished product.

Analysis: The last update of the Design Guidelines was completed in August, 2000. Since that time, Uptown Columbus has had significant development throughout the Uptown area and Columbus State University has established itself as a major developer in the area. The current guidelines are general in nature and professional preservation staff has been able to interpret them for new significant developments.

In addition, by updating the information in the Design Guidelines and making the document easier to use, Columbus will strengthen the preservation program and will make the preservation information easier to access and current to affected property owners.

Financial Considerations: In light of budget constraints, staff applied for the grant funds to accomplish this project and coordinated a public-private partnership with Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc. (HCF). HCF agreed to provide the necessary matching funds (estimated maximum of $8,000). The City’s contribution to this effort will be staff time to coordinate the project and administer the grant. This can be completed with current staff levels.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: No annual fiscal impact to the City of Columbus regarding this grant.

Legal Considerations: The City Attorney’s office will review any and all documentation prior to execution by the City Manager.

Recommendations/ Actions: Approval is requested to apply for and accept, if awarded, a State Historic Preservation grant, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award. The Planning Department has requested a maximum of $20,000 regarding the aforementioned grant.



HCF letter.pdfUFB Letter.pdf



A RESOLUTION
NO. ________

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO SUBMIT AND ACCEPT IF AWARDED A GRANT APPLICATION, TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, HISTORIC PRESERVATION DIVISION, IN THE AMOUNT OF UP TO $20,000 FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW DESIGN GUIDELINES FOR THE UPTOWN COLUMBUS AREA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE UPTOWN FAÇADE BOARD DISTRICT, WITH A 40% CASH MATCH TO BE PROVIDED IN TOTAL BY THE HISTORIC COLUMBUS FOUNDATION, INC. AND TO AMEND THE MULTI-GOVERNMENTAL FUND BY THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD.

WHEREAS, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division, is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Historic Preservation Fund; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government desires to partner with the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc. to pursue funding through this program to develop new design guidelines for the area of Uptown Columbus that is overseen by the Columbus Uptown Façade Board, Columbus, Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, the Columbus Consolidated Government and the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc. (HCF), have agreed to make application for this grant and HCF will provide the required match of 40% (up to $8,000) utilizing HCF funding sources; and,

WHEREAS, this type of document is needed for all redevelopment and new development in this area within the community;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
I.

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to submit an application to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division, in an amount up to $20,000 for the development of new Uptown Façade Board Design Guidelines, with local match provided by the Historic Columbus Foundation, Inc., and.
II.

That the City Manager is further authorized to accept funding if awarded, amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award, execute any and all documents necessary to apply for the funding through this program, and to administer the program in compliance with the grant requirements.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2016 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ____________ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Buck voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor