On November 15, 2016, the owner of 204 Washington Avenue (lot 108) in Cape Charles met with the Historic District Review Board to discuss an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction of a single-family home. During discussion, the board voiced strong opposition to the use of vinyl covering over the outer chimney. According to chairman Joe Fehrer, the board did not want to set a precedent by approving a vinyl chimney. “I don’t believe, and Larry (DiRe), can you think of any others in the historic district, that have this…a masonry chimney may be more appropriate. We are in the historic district, there is criteria we have to follow.”
Cape Charles staff has since received an email from the property owner stating that he was exercising his right of appeal of a decision made by the Historic District Review Board (HDRB) at their November 15, 2016 regular meeting. The decision concerns the vinyl cladding of a chimney.
The appeal has been set, and should be on the agenda for the January 19th of the next Town Council Meeting.
Planner Larry DiRe supplied this flow chart as a visual guide to the HDRB process: