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Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission may consider amending its code definition through historic districts.

While the proposal to modify city ordinance regarding demolition is still in the bureaucratic process, Eric Barron, senior planner from the city's planning and zoning division, suggested Tuesday the commission might also look at expanding the sections on building permit standards and design criteria.

The commission directed city staff to research what other communities have done related to historic districts as a means to preserve neighborhoods.

Current city code allows for creation of a historic district, but it has not been used.

A city-designated historic district would be different than and overlay district, as recently was created for the Capitol Avenue area, or a district named to the National Register of Historic Places, which is only honorary without restrictions.

"With interest in the demolition discussion, the ideal time is now," Barron said.

"The focus has been on demolition; we should look at historic districts."

In other business, the commission:

Introduced the newest commissioner, Steve Hoffman, an engineer and Lincoln University alumnus.

Voted that energy efficiency upgrades to 712 Nelson St. using Community Development Block Grant funds would not adversely affect historic properties.

Learned the preliminary city budget includes matching funds for the commission to apply for the state's Historic Preservation Fund Grant, available only to Certified Local Governments.

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