February 25, 2016

Minutes of the Centerville City Landmarks Commission meeting held Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Centerville City Hall, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah in the Multi-Purpose Room (downstairs).

Royce Allen
Daniel Loewen
Brian Plummer, Chair
Vivian Talbot

Malinda Mitchell
Brad Porter
Jeanne Randall

Brandon Toponce, Assistant Planner
Stephanie Ivie, City Council Liaison
Connie Larson, Recording Secretary


Minutes of the January 28, 2016 Landmarks Commission were reviewed. Vivian Talbot made a motion to approve the minutes as written. Brian Plummer seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (4-0).


Five Minute Training: Architectural Styles in Centerville.
Brandon Toponce, Assistant Planner, reported vernacular is the Latin word for domestic, native, and indigenous. In Utah, the architectural influences of Vernacular style are climate, culture, permanent or non-permanent dwelling, environment and available materials. The most famous craftsman in Centerville was Charles Duncan who was a stonemason and built many pioneer homes. The Central Passage style was from 1847 to 1900, and was a long rectangular shape home divided by a hallway or passage in the center with two square rooms on either side.  Central Passage homes built after 1880 often had chimneys located on one or both inside hall walls. The Hall Parlor was used between 1847 and 1910, and is very similar in fashion to the Central Passage. The Hall Parlor was composed of a single square room, with a smaller room attached to the side parlor. Cross Wing rooms were floor plans that resembled a “T” or “L” shaped room.  These were found in the Gothic Revival, Italianate and Victorian style architecture.

Utah Heritage Foundation Conference    
The Utah Heritage Foundation Conference will be held on Friday, April 1st in Salt Lake City at the Officer’s Club at Fort Douglas. The theme of the conference is Preservation Works. Registration is due by March 15th.
Brian Plummer will be attending the conference, and other Commission members will notify Mr. Toponce if they desire to attend.


Brandon Toponce, Assistant Planner, distributed a list of structures in Centerville that are on the National Historic Sites Register. A copy of the City Hall Master Plan from 2001was distributed and reviewed by the Commission. An amendment to the Master Plan shows a future driveway for Founders Park where Ron Randall’s Gas Station is located. The Commission discussed their desire to preserve the Randall Gas Station, if possible, as it is one of the few original Chevron Gas Stations with the triangle shaped roof still standing in America.

Chair Brian Plummer reported he recently visited an historic home located at 335 East 100 North that was built in the 1940s, and is currently for sale. The owner recently passed away and left the home to the LDS Church, and the LDS Church is trying to sell the home.

The Commission agreed to have an Intensive Level Survey for the National Register completed on the Free School located at 385 East 100 South.

Vivian Talbot made a motion that the homes listed below be considered at the next meeting for selection for Plan B of the National Historic Register. Royce Allen seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (4-0).

•    24 West Porter Lane
•    562 North 400 East
•    LDS 2nd Ward Church at 1248 North Main

Brian Plummer and Royce Allen will visit wih Ron Randall about the possibility of having the Randall Gas Station on the National Historic Register.


Brandon Toponce, Assistant Planner, reported he received an email from Councilwoman Fillmore expressing concern that the financial incentives in the historic district were more for residential, and the Development Standards that were already in place for this area were not addressed. Mr. Toponce also met with Steve Thacker, City Manager, about the Main Street corridor, and staff believes these points are valid. The financial incentives presented at the January 28, 2016 meeting were not consistent with what the City Council had recommended. The proposed new financial impact from the financial incentives is 25 percent for non-contributing properties, and 50 percent for contributing properties. These reductions are only allowed within the Deuel Creek Historic District.

The South Main Street corridor is from Pages Lane to Parrish Lane, and most of the buildings are zoned Commercial-Medium. The eleven homes from Pages Lane to Parrish Lane are contributing, and this would be considered historically significant. All eleven properties should be subject to review by the Landmarks Commission, and if repairs or construction are appropriate, they will be allowed financial incentives. The Commission feels they should do everything possible to encourage preservation of existing contributing properties within the South Main Street Corridor. This is to promote a more traditional-style of development, which would blend well with the rest of the Centerville Deuel Creek Historic District. All new construction on Main Street will be required to follow Section 12-49 of the Centerville Deuel Creek Historic District.

Chair Brian Plummer made a motion to accept the amendment to Section 12-49 of the Centerville Deuel Creek Historic District, for properties not located on Main Street and for properties located on Main Street. Royce Allen seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (4-0).

Royce Allen made a motion that the properties located on the east side of 400 East from Parrish Lane to Porter Lane be included in the Centerville Deuel Creek Historic District. Daniel Loewen seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (4-0).


Vivian Talbot expressed concern about House Bill 223 that is currently being considered for all historic districts in Utah, and in particular a district in the Salt Lake City Harvard/Yale area. This Bill is sponsored by Brad Wilson (R-Kaysville). This Bill would not allow local entities, such as historic committees, to have a voice in governing historic districts. Daniel Loewen reported he used to live in the Harvard/Yale area. This proposed legislation is because people would purchase a home and demolish it. The owner would then construct a new home that would use the entire lot leaving only a few feet of side and back yard width, which is unsightly and incompatible to the neighborhood.


Steve Thacker, City Manager, is requesting that priorities and goals for the City Budget be submitted to the City Council by March 15th. The Landmarks Commission is submitting the following goals and priorities as follows:

•    Structures for the National Historic Register.
•    Signs for each of the roads going into the Centerville Deuel Creek Historic District.


The next Landmarks Commission meeting will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (downstairs) at City Hall.


At 8:15 p.m., Brian Plummer made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Royce Allen seconded the motion, which was passed by unanimous vote (4-0).

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Brian Plummer, Chair                                            Date Approved

Connie Larson, Recording Secretary