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CHLC design guidelines workshop Thursday

Posted: November 29, 2013 5:27 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2013 5:00 a.m.

A map of central Camden included with an announcement for a Camden Historic Landmarks Commission workshop taking place Thursday on the city’s proposed design guidelines update. The salmon colored parcels denote properties within Camden’s historic district overlay.

The city of Camden is embarking on a project to update the design guidelines used for the city’s Historic Overlay District. The guidelines are intended to assist property owners in developing projects in the district that will preserve historic resources, accommodate change and maintain the character of the district.

The Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) will hold a workshop on the proposed design guidelines Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Camden City Council chambers at Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St. During the session, consultants from Winter & Company, of Boulder, Colo., will introduce the project, review the proposed outline and collect feedback. Design issues will also be identified and discussed.

The design guidelines convey general design policies regarding the rehabilitation of and additions to existing historic structures, new construction and site work with the district. The guidelines define a range of appropriate responses to a variety of specific design issues.

One purpose of the guidelines and the review process through which they are administered is to promote preservation of the historic, cultural and architectural heritage of the resources within the historic overlay. An essential idea is to protect historic resources in the overlay from alteration or demolition that might damage the unique fabric created by buildings and sites.

The design guidelines promote key principles of urban design which focus on maintaining an attractive human-scaled pedestrian-oriented environment.

The guidelines also provide a basis for making consistent decisions about the treatment of historic resources and design of new infill. These guidelines seek to manage change so the character of the historic neighborhoods is respected while accommodating compatible improvements. They reflect the city’s goals to promote economic and sustainable development, enhance the image of the city, and reuse historic resources.

There will be an opportunity for public comment during the CHLC workshop.

For more information, contact Camden City Planner Shawn Putnam at 432-2421 or email him at

(This information provided by the city of Camden.)



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