Historic preservation rules get Council's OK
Original post made on Jan 27, 2014
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on Jan 27, 2014 at 9:48 am
It is ludicrous that this additional regulation impacts only residential structures. The heart of the Historic Downtown is commercial, especially Main street.
Why are commercial buildings exempt one might ask; because the Pleasanton Downtown Association and Chamber of Commerce are organized with professional staff and politically powerful. The homeowners are associated only by living in the neighborhood and have no organization. Consequently when those (most of whom do not live downtown) who wish to control others per their aesthetics and taste made enough fuss the homeowners / property owners were ignored and the merchants prevailed.
That which has been preserved was done so by the homeowners and property owners. There were more than adequate guidelines and controls in place. The busy bodies and commercial interests prevail.
on Jan 27, 2014 at 10:48 am
From all definitions I can see there are few if any homes that fall into the category of historic and I have yet to see any homes that even come close to falling to the historic category be even considered for demolition. So why was so much time and energy spent on something that was just for a small special interest group and now they want to spend even more money on hiring a consultant to determine what houses will fall into this category. Should they not have not first hired a consultant to determine how many homes in downtown qualify as historic? I feel that are councils time should would better spent working on how to re-vitalize are stagnant downtown. Danville Livermore and Lafayette are leaving us the dust.