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Covington's Historic Preservation Guidelines Honored with Award

The revised guidelines for historic preservation practices in Covington were among the winners at the fiftieth annual meeting of the Cincinnati Preservation Association.

Historic preservation officer Beth Johnson accepted the award with Mayor Sherry Carran.

"Covington has a great track record of preservation success with National Register districts, historic tax credit projects and preservation overlay zones. The city’s recently revamped historic preservation guidelines incorporate the latest in scholarship and technology and serve as a model for other cities to follow," the organization said about the new guidelines.

Those new guidelines were presented to the public in June. The city commission offered its approval then.

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This newly adopted and updated manual will be useful for homeowners and developers working on historic homes in those areas. "It will give you advice how to do it, provide insight on how it was done in the time when the buildings were constructed and help guide you through the process. Whether you are a homeowner, architect, or developer, this guide will help you," Johnson said at the time.

The process to revise the guidelines included Johnson attending neighborhood association meetings within historic districts to go over the guidelines, explain the changes and get feedback. "The feedback I received was a big part of the process and a lot of it led to some really great additions and modifications in the content." she said.

-Staff report

Photo: Beth Johnson (left) and Mayor Sherry Carran/Jody Robinson