CLG Designation for Town of Friday Harbor
Posted February 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm by Tim Dustrude
Department of the Interior awards Town special designations for historic preservation
The Town of Friday Harbor has received special designation as a Certified Local Government (CLG) by the National Park Service and the United States Department of the Interior.
Certified Local Government (CLG) is a designation created as part of the National Historic Preservation Act to qualifying local governments whose preservation programs meet national standards for historic preservation.
In 2015 and 2016 the Town of Friday Harbor updated the historic preservation sections of the Municipal Code to meet the criteria for CLG designation. This included adopting new comprehensive and user-friendly design review language for building and remodeling projects in the historic district, as well as the creation of a local landmark register which just recently opened for nominations.
The benefits of CLG status include Special Property Tax Valuation, a program that allows owners of landmarked properties to deduct the cost of qualifying renovations from the assessed value of property for up to ten years. CLGs also have access to earmarked preservation grants, training and technical assistance from state and national preservation agencies.
The Town’s historic preservation coordinator Sandy Strehlou believes that the process of applying for CLG status has made the Town’s program stronger, and in turn, will provide more support and resources for property owners who want to preserve their historic buildings and sites.
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