The Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Board will have a public hearing tomorrow evening to review a request to accept a historic overlay district and ordinance.

The Chillicothe Planning and Zoning Board will have a public hearing tomorrow evening to review a request to accept a historic overlay district and ordinance. The hearing will take place at 6 p.m. in the council chambers to discuss the newest revisions to the historic preservation ordinance. This ordinance opens up the city and property owners in the historic district to grant opportunities for building renovations, preservation plans, hands-on training, and more. There is nothing mandatory in the document, according to information provided by Tammi Venneman, of the city’s codes and zoning department. If a project within the historic district requires a building or demolition permit, voluntary recommendations could be given on the project with no additional paperwork needed or undue burden put on the property owner. The proposal is being made by Main Street Chillicothe, a local organization that focuses on enhancing the vitality of the downtown area by preserving its architectural, commercial, and cultural heritage. “The historic preservation efforts in our city are one reason why we stand out among so many other small towns,” said Main Street Chillicothe Director Ben White. “The purpose of this ordinance is so that property owners and the city can qualify for state and federal grants to help maintain and enhance our historic resources.” The proposed historic overlay district includes approximately 16 blocks bordered by Calhoun Street (north), Ann (south), Elm (east) and Walnut (west) and applies only to commercial buildings (not residential). The proposed ordinance is expected to be presented for consideration of approval by the Chillicothe City Council. Passage of the ordinance would lead to the creation of a historic preservation commission to help facilitate preservation in the community.