Please sign our petition to show support for these amendments and protecting our historic architecture and community.
Hillcrest was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and is the largest historic district in Arkansas. The Hillcrest Design Overlay District Ordinance was created in 2007 to help protect our neighborhood’s historic district designation by ensuring that properties avoid teardown and overbuilding. Thirteen years later, it’s time to review the DOD ordinance and make a series of recommended updates to the City of Little Rock for consideration. The all-volunteer DOD committee, which has taken on this task, represents the professions of land rights attorney, civil rights attorney, real estate professional and developer, architect, historic preservationist and design consultant, and all are Hillcrest enthusiasts, of course. The goal of the committee is to provide a series of measurable recommendations to strengthen the DOD for continued historic district designation preservation, as well as preservation and continuity of Hillcrest’s architectural heritage and walkability. Recommended updates to the DOD include new side yard setback parameters, floor-to-area ratio modifications for existing structures and floor-to-area ratio parameters for new construction, new sidewalk width minimums and locations, and new zoned non-residential building parameters, including street-facing entrances. Once the DOD recommendations meetings have concluded, the DOD committee will meet to review public feedback and determine next steps.
To learn more information about the recommended amendments view the document below, "The Hillcrest Neighborhood Risks Losing Its Status on the National Register of Historic Places!"
The Communication Committee is in charge of the Hillcrest Residents Association newsletter. Other board members are currently working hard to get a website and Facebook presence up and running.
The HRA is working with the Hillcrest Neighborhood Watch (HNW), Hillcrest Merchants Association and the developers of hillcrestburglars.com to develop strategies to increase awareness to Hillcrest neighbors about crime, strengthen our Neighborhood Watch group and coordinate with the City of Little Rock and the LRPD. If you are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Barbara Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org and look at the blogpost on our website for more ideas that we would like to implement! Also, attend the LRPD's quarterly meetings at 3917 W 12th St. (the next scheduled meeting is April 18 at 6pm), and like the HNW facebook page and the HRA facebook page for updates on issues related to safety and crime, and meeting updates.
Over the past few months the Preservation and Planning Committee has been focused on the following issues/projects:
In addition, the Preservation and Planning committee regularly reviews re-zoning requests from the City to determine if neighborhood action is recommended. The upcoming agenda for the committee includes a follow up on the UAMS Projects, and a discussion of Transportation and Parking in Hillcrest.
The membership committee has recently completed an annual membership campaign and recruited new members. We currently have approximately 200 households in the neighborhood. The committee meets on June 19 to develop a plan of action for the coming year with a goal of increasing membership and engagement in the neighborhood. A summary of that meeting will be on line as it is available. If you would like to join the membership committee, please contact email@example.com. Any current member is eligible to participate and we welcome new ideas!
The Bylaws Committee’s work culminated with the approval by the membership at the annual meeting on May 13 of Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation and Amended and Restated By-Laws. These new documents modernize provisions relating to governance of the Association and can be found above, in the "In the Know" section.