Historic district guidelines available
The Franklin Historic District Commission has been awarded a grant to print a limited number of copies of its updated guidelines.
The 93-page manual is called “City of Franklin Historic District Design Guidelines.” It is comprehensive in scope, and it contains guidelines for both residential and commercial structures within Franklin’s historic district.
According to a release from the historic district commission, the guidelines are accompanied by numerous images (photographs and detailed sketches), a brief history of Franklin, a listing of architectural styles found in Franklin, a map of the historic district, a glossary of terms, and a brief listing of tax credits for historic buildings in Louisiana.
The manual’s stated purpose is to provide the commission and residents “with guidelines for building rehabilitation, new construction and other changes which would affect the overall appearance of the Franklin historic district.
The manual provides information on rehabilitation methods and recommendations for new construction and demolition to guide property owners in planning and designing their projects.”
A copy of the manual can be viewed at the Zoning, Permits and Inspection Department at Franklin City Hall at 300 Iberia St. A copy is also available at the Alex P. Allain Memorial Branch Library at 206 Iberia St., where it is listed as a Louisiana reference item under the title “City of Franklin Historic District Guidelines.” Reference items cannot be checked out from the library.
A map of the district can be viewed under the “Tourist, Recreation and Visitor Info” tab at the city’s website: www.franklin-la.com.
Property owners should submit applications to the Historic District Commission before any changes are made to their structures. To ascertain what kinds of structural changes fall under the purview of the commission, refer to the guidelines manual or to personnel in the zoning department. The Historic District Commission meets monthly at Franklin City Hall if there are any pending applications. At these meetings, the commission reviews applications and votes on whether or not to issue a “Certificate of Appropriateness” to the applicants. Applications should be requested from and submitted to the Zoning, Permits and Inspection Department at least 10 business days before the scheduled historic district commission meetings.