COLUMBIA PA 17512 NEWS
Expanding the historic district does things for the borough , but for the citizens , it is more headaches , red tape , rules on what , how , colors,and the board says it increases your home value, but that remains to be seen. It also makes it harder to sell because most don't want the expanded rules and to go to the board for approvable to do any thing to your home.
You can't get replacement windows, replace your falling bricks, get a new roof UNLESS you get permission from the committee. It's a real pain in the neck. I understand why they're doing it but they don't help you .. just slap cease and desist orders on your project. Hey, just put plywood all over the front of your house ... that passes the HARB board!
HARB does not review windows if the size isn't changing. Brick replacement? What would you replace your falling brick with? Roof replacement is not a board review if the material isn't changing. Please educate yourself before disseminating false information.
the person who says educate your self has to be on the borough, you have to go in and beg, go to a meeting and watch
As a matter of fact I was harassed by the borough for replacing my windows with vinyl energy efficient windows replacing single pane windows. Then they asked for the windows removed to be stored at the Columbia Reading Depot. And that's a fact Jack.
what a joke!!! expand the historical district. hell everyone who works and pays taxes is losing their homes every day. this is a poverty town. what the hell don't you people understand?????
Historic does nothing for the home owner except more government red tape and rules.
What will the borough do for the tax payer??
HIGHER TAXES to pay the board
The board is volunteer.
and missing 2 mandated positions to make ANY rulings ...
The new board that the borough wants citizens to hear cases pays $50 a case.
HARB is strictly a recommending board, regardless of unfilled seats. All recommendations go to council for a final say. Again, educate yourself.
Majority of the historic district requests go through HARB of Lancaster County and reviewed by Suzanne Stallings for approval. Then Jeff Helm releases the permit to the homeowner.
how can you educate yourself , where is the info??
more back door s--- of columbia
Where is the map at?
Historic district is a joke does nothing for the property owner but causes headaches. Those in charge do not live in it. It is communism telling people what to do not to do. Battle them on it and keep doing what you need to do for your home. Most of what they try to enforce will not hold up in court on a higher level. It is your investment and home not theirs. Slum Lords get away with all kinds of violations. Wake up and fight to be the Americans we are.
The majority of the board is required to live within the historic district.
board is missing 2 key positions
The historic district expansion will produce very slow improvements that those here now may never live to see. As far as improving the value of homes, you have to sell to realize that benefit. However, you may see a tax increase if home value goes up. It's too little, too late. Most of the damage is done.
why is there a car sitting at the building that holds old parts of Columbia on bank alley ?? codes should check it out
NO NO NO TO THE HISTERICAL DISTRICT EXPANSION.
I love the way comments are censored to not print anything that refutes the stupid claims made on here.
What is going on with McGinness Airport? I herd Columbia is buying the land and then re selling it!
this should be on a ballet
we need more historic district laws before people start getting mad and painting their houses funny colors like they do in other crazy towns
commenter must be part of the borough
Pretty sure you are mistaken.
I am going to paint mine cameo so they can't see it
What ever happened to the TAX PAYERS to vote on issues of this town!!