In 2005, the Marietta City Council approved a historic preservation ordinance. In January, the Council created the City’s first historic district along Kennesaw Avenue. Mayor Steve Tumlin ultimately vetoed the Kennesaw Avenue Historic District because the City’s Historic Preservation Commission did not hold a required public hearing prior to the district’s creation.
Now, the City makes another go at creation of a historic district approving rewrites to the historic preservation ordinance to ensure citizen input. Critics see an ordinance without teeth.
“It’s so weak now I don’t see how it will do much good,” Becky Paden, a historic preservation commission member, said. “It’s just something to say we have a historic preservation ordinance.”