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Wednesday Town Hall Meeting To Seek Input On Building Fronts

Posted: 04 November, 2013

WAYNE - The Wayne Downtown Design Committee is hosting a town hall meeting at 7:00pm on Wednesday at Miss Molly's Coffee Company. The purpose of the town hall meeting is to ask property owners for input on a draft proposal to establish guidelines for a range of colors and building materials that could be used on building fronts in the central commercial area of Wayne.

According to City Administrator Lowell Johnson, the commercial building front design issue arose following the completion of the downtown paving, sidewalk and historic street light projects and following the significant private investment by individual business and property owners in the area.

The building front design discussion was adressed at length at the 2012 annual City Council retreat. As a result, the mayor and council appointed a Downtown Design Committee of building owners to develop a draft set of guidelines for colors and building materials on building fronts.

At the town hall meeting, some questions expected  to be addressed are:

Do you want to implement a Design Standards process for future building projects?

Should design standards be a gentle suggestion, enforceable regulation, requirement to receive project funding (LB840, Revolving Loan Funds, etc.)?

What should the district boundaries be?  The Design Standards Committee has proposed an area.  A Main Street district was established when Revitalize Wayne/Main Street was established.  A Commerical HIstoric District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

How should Design Standards be applied to residential properties in the determined district?

While all property owners (including residential) in the proposed district received an invitation from the city, it is an open meeting and you are all encouraged to attend and express your opinion.

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