Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Neighborhood Study Update

You know what we haven't talked about in a while? 


We admit that we are a tad bit behind on our blogging... Here's a question:  If writers of novels get "writers block" when they can't think of what to write about, what do bloggers get? We're thinking we should call it a "blog clog." Catchy, right? Well, we've been suffering from our blog clog for about 6 weeks (oh, and a lot of other stuff too!), but we now have something very important to share with you. Something that we've been working on for almost two years. Something that many of you have been interested in and concerned about...

Yes, we're talking about the Monrovia Neighborhood Study! 

We know, it's been over a year since we've mentioned it here, but we've been talking to many of you at meetings, on the phone and...over the counter.  [Did you see what we just did?]

But for some, it has been a while so we're here to give you a refresher on what the Monrovia Neighborhood Study is all about. The short answer is that the study is about compatibility of new homes in existing neighborhoods and preservation of historic homes throughout the City. To get some good background on how this all began, how Monrovia residents have been engaged in the process, and what direction the City Council has moved in, check out this page.

Did you read all of that background information? Good! So now you're probably thinking, "Thanks for that informative and comprehensive review, Over the Counter Blog. What can I expect to see next?" That is a very good question, and the answer is Public Hearings! 

[crowds roaring with excitement!]

Throughout the months of July, August, and September, the Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and City Council will be reviewing the new ordinances that will be setting the policies for architectural compatibility and historic preservation going forward. To find the dates of these meetings, review proposed policies, and take a look at some of the presentations that have gone before the Council and Commissions, click here.

Now that you've read all of that, you're very well briefed on the Monrovia Neighborhood Study. You also have excellent endurance! As we move into the policy adoption phase, stay tuned for more updates. We're looking forward to our summertime meetings (as long as the a/c works), and we hope to see you there!