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City council continues BAR discussion
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Mandatory historic designations continued to vex Camden City Council as it returned to discussing the possibility of transforming the Camden Historic Landmarks Commission (CHLC) into a board of architectural review (BAR). Mayor Jeffrey Graham started the discussion by noting that one of the major concerns during discussions a month ago was that all future historically-designated properties would “come in” under a mandatory system rather than voluntarily, as is the case now. ‘That is the big difference: owners cannot opt out,” City Planner Shawn Putnam agreed, prompting the mayor to say that would impact what council decides to do. Having mandatory historic designations is one of two requirements for Camden to obtain Certified Local Government (CLG) status of which Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford has been a strong supporter.