Chapter 26.36


26.36.010    Appendix A – Property inventory.

26.36.020    Appendix B – Terms and definitions.

26.36.030    Appendix C – Incentives for historic preservation in Grand Junction.

26.36.040    Appendix D – Frequently asked questions.

26.36.050    Appendix E – Sample certificate of appropriateness.

26.36.060    Appendix F – Authentic plants for late 19th/early 20th century period landscaping.

26.36.010 Appendix A – Property inventory.

(a)    District Character Inventory.

(1)    The District is within a grid street pattern forming rectangular blocks, bisected by east-west and north-south alleys.

(2)    Visual cohesiveness is created by the natural setting which includes a strong pattern of evenly spaced street trees, an abundance of mature vegetation and a center landscaped median on North Seventh Street.

(3)    Within blocks, the lots are approximately the same size and structures are placed on lots in a similar manner. Uniform side and front yard setbacks give the street visual unity.

(4)    Buildings are of compatible size and scale, with the majority of buildings in the District having one and one-half to two and one-half stories.

(5)    Although varied in architectural style, almost every building has a porch. Altogether, the porches form a uniform horizontal line on the streetscape.

(6)    The buildings have prominent triangular roof forms that are primarily oriented with the ridgeline perpendicular to North Seventh Street.

(7)    Siding and trim materials create strong horizontal patterns.

(8)    Unique details highlight the District’s character including some yards set off by wrought iron, picket or brick-pilaster fencing and a variety of architectural ornamentation.

(b)    North Seventh Street Historical Residential District. The North Seventh Street Historic Residential District is Grand Junction’s only Nationally Registered historic neighborhood. Below is an aerial map of the District and following is a collection of profile cards depicting the unique architectural stylings of all 35 structures in the District.

(1)    Doc Shores House.

(2)    White House.

(3)    Heman Bull House.

(4)    Waren House.

(5)    Moore House.

(6)    Martin House.

(7)    Sampliner House.

(8)    Sampliner House.

(9)    First Church of Christ, Scientist.

(10)    Brainerd House.

(11)    Blackstone House.

(12)    Honeymoon Cottage.

(13)    Wilson House.

(14)    Murr House.

(15)    Wickersham House.

(16)    Sinclair House.

(17)    Lough House.

(18)    Houskins House.

(19)    Akers House.

(20)    Davis House.

(21)    Home Loan Duplex.

(22)    Pabor House/Pansy Cottage.

(23)    Ferbrache House.

(24)    Barkuloo House.

(25)    Moyer House.

(26)    Talbert House.

(27)    Smith-Schmidt House.

(28)    Brunner House.

(29)    Ellison House.

(30)    Sickenberger House.

(31)    Smith-Jordan House.

(32)    Allison House.

(33)    First Baptist Church.

(34)    Lowell School.

(Ord. 4508, 3-21-12)

26.36.020 Appendix B – Terms and definitions.

Accessory dwelling unit means a dwelling unit which is secondary to a principal dwelling unit and which may be attached to the principal structure or freestanding.

Accessory structure means a detached subordinate structure, the use of which is customarily incidental to, and supportive of, the principal structure or the principal use of the land, and which is located on the same parcel of ground with the principal structure or use.

Addition means:

(1)    A structure added to the original structure at some time after certificate of occupancy has been issued for the original structure;

(2)    An extension or increase in floor area or height of a building or structure.

Adjacent means property or use, any portion of which is within a 100-foot radius. Public right-of-way, easements, canals or waste ditches, and waterways are not counted when deciding if one property or use is adjacent to another.

Alignment means the arrangement of objects along a straight line.

Alley setback means the minimum distance from the alley property line that any permanent construction can be built. See also rear yard setback in GJMC Title 21, Zoning and Development Code.

Alter or alteration means any proposed modification to a designated historic site, structure or district which could have an effect on the character of the historic resource relative to the criteria by which it was designated. Examples of alterations for structures may include additions or any exterior modifications, including signage to be affixed to the facade.

At-grade means level of a road, building, or other structure at the same grade or level as the adjoining property (as opposed to a depressed or elevated road, building, or other facility).

Banner means any sign intended to be hung, either with or without frames, possessing characters, letters, illustrations or ornamentations applied to paper, plastic or fabric of any kind.

Example of Banner

Building means any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy.

Building footprint means the portion of a lot covered by a building or structure at the surface level, measured on a horizontal plane.

Building mass means the three-dimensional bulk of a building: height, width, and depth.

Building placement means the location of the structure in relation to property lines.

Casings means the framework around a door or window.

Example of Casings

Cohesiveness means:

(1)    The state of cohering or sticking together.

(2)    Causing symmetry and balance through design.

Congruous means corresponding in character or kind; appropriate or harmonious.

Contiguous means next to, abutting, or touching and having a boundary, or portion thereof, that is coterminous.

Contributing structure means a structure that already adheres to and/or complies with these Guidelines and Standards in their entirety at the time of adoption.

Design means a visual arrangement or disposition that indicates a signature motif.

Eaves means the lowest, overhanging part of a sloping roof.

Example of Eaves

Exterior features include the architectural style, general design and general arrangement of the exterior of a building or other structure, including the color, the kind and texture of the building material and type and style of the windows, door, light fixtures, signs, other appurtenant fixtures and natural features such as trees and shrubbery.

Facade means the exterior walls of a building exposed to public view or that wall viewed by persons not within the building.

Feeling, integrity. Historic integrity is the ability of a site to retain its identity and, therefore, convey its significance in the history of Grand Junction, Colorado.

Form means the overall shape of a structure.

Gable means the vertical triangular portion of the end of a building having a double-sloping roof, from the level of the cornice or eaves to the ridge of the roof.

Gabled roof means a roof having a gable at one or both ends.

Example of Gabled Roof

Grandfathering/grandfathered describes the status accorded certain properties, uses, and activities that are legally existing prior to the date of adoption of the zoning ordinance or provisions of the zoning ordinance.

Ground plane means the level of an entry platform into a building.

Guidelines are permissive statements intended to be used as recommendations by homeowners and boards in making decisions.

Height of structure means the vertical distance from the grade to the highest point of any portion of a structure.

Height-width ratio means the ratio of the height of the structure to the width of the structure.

Hipped roof means a roof that slopes upward from all four sides of a building, requiring a hip rafter at each end.

Example of Hipped Roof

Historic property means the research, protection, restoration and rehabilitation of buildings, structures, landmarks, signs, appurtenances, objects, districts, areas and sites significant in the history, archeology, education or culture of the City, State or nation.

Horizontal rhythm means the pattern of shapes, spaces and textures of a structure across a horizontal plane.

Inset means

(1)    Something inserted; insert.

(2)    A small picture, map, etc., inserted within the border of a larger one.

(3)    To set in or insert.

Integrity. A property retains its integrity if a sufficient percentage of the structure dates from the period of significance. The majority of a building’s structural system and materials should date from the period of significance and its character-defining features also should remain intact. These may include architectural details, such as dormers and porches, ornamental brackets and moldings and materials, as well as the overall mass and form of the building.

Lot coverage means that area of the lot or parcel which may be occupied by principal and accessory structures, and other impervious surfaces.

Mass means the physical size and bulk of a structure.

Massing means the bulk or size of a structure.

Materials, as related to the determination of “integrity” of a property, refers to the physical elements that were combined or deposited in a particular pattern or configuration to form an historic property.

Median means an area in the approximate center of a City street or State highway that is used to separate the directional flow of traffic, may contain left-turn lanes, and is demarcated by curb and guttering, having painted or thermally applied stripes or other means of distinguishing it from the portion of the roadway used for through traffic.

Metal louvered door means a metal door with fitted or fixed horizontal slats for admitting air and light and shedding rain.

Example of Metal Louvered Door

Mill. A mill finish is the natural appearance of the aluminum as it comes from the rolling mill or the extrusion mill. Often this finish is dull, grainy and without luster.

New construction means any construction of an entirely new structure, construction of an addition to an existing structure or an exterior alteration to an existing structure.

Nonconforming means a legal use, structure, and/or development which existed prior to the adoption of this code or any amendment thereto, which does not presently conform to this code or its amendments.

Nonconforming structure or building means a structure or building, the size, dimension, or location of which was lawful prior to the adoption, revision, or amendment to the zoning ordinance but that fails by reason of such adoption, revision, or amendment to conform to the present requirements of the zoning district.

Nonconforming use means a use or activity that was lawful prior to the adoption, revision or amendment of the zoning ordinance but that fails by reason of such adoption, revision, or amendment to conform to the present requirements of the zoning district.

Noncontributing structure means:

(1)    A structure that has undergone significant alterations.

(2)    A noncontributing building, site, structure or object does not add to the historic architectural qualities, historic associations, or archeological values for which a property is significant because (i) it was not present during the period of significance and does not possess historic integrity reflecting its character at that time or is not capable of yielding important information about the period, or (ii) it does not individually meet the National Register eligibility criteria.

Opacity means:

(1)    The screening effectiveness of a buffer yard or fence expressed as the percentage of vision that the screen blocks.

(2)    The degree to which a material blocks light.

Ordinance means an authoritative rule or law; a public injunction or regulation.

Orientation. Generally, orientation refers to the manner in which a building relates to the street. The entrance to the building plays a large role in the orientation of a building; whereas, it should face the street.

Overhang means a projection of the roof or upper story of a building beyond the wall of the lower part.

Parapet means a low guarding wall at any point of sudden drop, as at the edge of a terrace, roof, balcony, etc.

Example of a Parapet

Park strip means the space in the public right-of-way between the back of the curb and the sidewalk.

Photovoltaic panel means a solar panel or solar collectors designed to absorb solar radiation and convert it into electricity.

Portico means a walkway or porch with a roof supported by columns, often at the entrance of a building.

Example of a Portico

Principal structure means the structure in which the principal use of a property is conducted. This shall include any buildings which are attached to the principal structure by a covered structure.

Projecting bay. A bay window is a window space projecting outward from the main walls of a building and forming a bay in a room, either square or polygonal in plan.

Example of Projecting Bay

Public hearing means a public meeting of a board, Planning Commission, City Council or their representatives where the public may attend.

Public right-of-way means any street, road, highway, alley, pedestrian/bicycle way or other special purpose way or utility installation owned by, or reserved to, the public for present or future public use.

Rhythm means orderly reoccurrence of elements of design with possible variety and variation.

Roof pitch means the amount of slope of the roof in terms of angle or other numerical measure; one unit of vertical rise for three units of horizontal shelter is expressed as “1 in 3.”

Example of Roof Pitch

Sash means the movable part of a window holding the glass.

Example of Sash

Setback means the minimum distance between a structure and a property line of a parcel of land or other established reference point.

Shed roof means a flat roof that slopes in one direction and may lean against another wall or building. Also known as lean-to roof.

Example of Shed Roof

Siting means the position or location of a town, building, etc., especially as to its environment.

Slope ratio means the same as roof pitch. The amount of slope of the roof in terms of angle or other numerical measure; one unit of vertical rise for three units of horizontal shelter is expressed as “1 in 3.”

Soffit means the underside of an architectural feature, as a beam, arch, ceiling, vault, or cornice.

Example of Soffit

Solid-to-void ratio means, on a building facade, the ratio of solid space to voids, such as windows, door and other openings.

Standard means a mandatory provision of a development regulation.

Streetscape means the landscaping and other manmade objects located within the public right-of-way which add variety and are placed for aesthetic purposes as well as functional, pedestrian guidance and traffic control.

Subservient means serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.

Transom means:

(1)    A small, hinged window above another window or a door; the horizontal crosspiece to which such a window is hinged.

(2)    A window or group of windows located above a door or larger window.

Example of Transom

Vertical rhythm means the pattern of shapes, spaces and textures of a structure across a vertical plane.

Vista means a view or prospect, especially one seen through a long, narrow avenue or passage, as between rows of trees or houses.

Xeriscape means environmental design of residential and park land using various methods for minimizing the need for water use.

Example of Xeriscape

Zoning means a mapped area with a particular set of rules and regulations which limits the types of uses.

(Ord. 4508, 3-21-12)

26.36.030 Appendix C – Incentives for historic preservation in Grand Junction.

(a)    The State Historical Fund. The State Historical Fund is a statewide grants program that was created by the 1990 constitutional amendment allowing limited gaming in the towns of Cripple Creek, Central City and Black Hawk. The amendment directs that a portion of the gaming tax revenues be used for historic preservation throughout the state.

Competitive grants (aka general grants) are made for any of the three project types: acquisition and development, education and survey and inventory.

There are three essential elements to applying for a competitive State Historical Fund Grant:

(1)    You need to be or work with an eligible grant applicant.

(2)    If you are planning to do physical work on a structure, building, site or object, the resource must be historically designated. If this is a survey and planning, archaeological survey or education project, the focus of your project must be directly related to historic preservation.

(3)    You need to apply for projects, activities and costs that qualify for assistance from the State Historical Fund.

Additional information concerning the selection process is available in the “Grant Program Guidelines” section of the Colorado State Historic Society web site:

(b)    Tax Incentives for Historic Preservation. Federal and State tax laws provide tax incentives for historic preservation projects that follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.  The federal government offers a 20 percent investment tax credit for the approved rehabilitation of certified historic buildings used for income-producing purposes as well as a 10 percent credit for certain other older buildings. The State offers a similar 20 percent state income tax credit based on $5,000 or more of approved preservation work on designated properties. Applicants are urged to contact Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) at the State Historic Society as early as possible when considering an application for either federal or State tax credits. OAHP provides advice to property owners, developers and architects concerning appropriate preservation and rehabilitation measures. OAHP staff review applications for tax incentives and make recommendations for approval.

In 2008 the Colorado Legislature extended the State tax credit through 2019.

(c)    Housing Rehabilitation and Weatherization Through Housing Resources of Western Colorado. Housing rehabilitation and weatherization projects in Grand Junction which meet low income guidelines are eligible for assistance through Housing Resources of Western Colorado:

(Ord. 4508, 3-21-12)

26.36.040 Appendix D – Frequently asked questions.

(a)    Do the North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards force me to make changes in my house?

No, there will not be a requirement to change anything in your house, exterior or interior, unless you are doing a remodel or new construction.

(b)    Do the North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards affect new construction or remodels?

The North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards will give guidance to homeowners and land owners who wish to remodel or do new construction on the exterior of their houses and structures. It does not affect changes you make in the interior of your house.

(c)    What land uses will be allowed in the Historic District?

All of the land uses allowed in the R-8 residential zone will be allowed.

(d)    What incentives are there to homeowners to comply with these regulations?

There are several incentives to homeowners including:

(1)    Grants under the State of Colorado Historic Fund;

(2)    Tax incentives under federal and State tax laws for historic preservation projects that follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation;

(3)    Housing rehabilitation and weatherization projects in Grand Junction which meet low income guidelines are eligible for assistance through Housing Resources of Western Colorado.

(Contact the City of Grand Junction’s Neighborhood Services Division or Housing Resources of Western Colorado.)

(e)    Will the North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards tell me what I can plant in my yard?

No, there are no requirements for what you can plant in your yard; however, there are suggestions and recommendations for landscaping that are compatible with the District. The proposed Seventh Street Historic District regulations suggest contacting Colorado State University Tri River Extension Service in Grand Junction for landscaping recommendations.


(f)    Will the North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards mean that it will take longer to get approval of my project?

Probably not. With the new North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards in place, most minor projects, which meet the requirements, can be approved at staff level or by the Grand Junction Historic Preservation Board and will not require a full public hearing with the City Council (as is now the case).

(g)    What will be the effect of the proposed North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards on my property value?

National studies have shown that property values increase in historic districts faster than in nonhistoric districts and that rehabilitation of historic districts adds a positive stimulus to economic development. (“The Economics of Rehabilitation,” by Donovan Rypkema; The National Trust for Historic Preservation)

(Ord. 4508, 3-21-12)

26.36.050 Appendix E – Sample certificate of appropriateness.


Applicant Name: ___________________________________________________________________

Are You? ___Owner ___ Buyer ___Lessee

Applicant’s Mailing Address:




Applicant’s Phone: ________________ Email Address: __________________________________


Representative/Contact Person: ______________________________________________________

Representative/Contact Person Mailing Address:




Rep/Contact Phone: _________________ Email Address: _________________________________


Address of Subject Property: _______________________ Tax Parcel Number: _______________




Have you reviewed the North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Guidelines and Standards?

Yes _____ No _____


This application is a request to construct, add or change the following (check all that apply):

















Fascia/Other Trim















Other (describe below)





Fully explain the nature of your request:





Number of Structures on Property: _____ Residential _____ Outbuildings

Total Gross Square Footage of Existing Structures (all floors): ______________________________

Total Gross Square Footage of Proposed Structures or Additions (all floors): __________________

Total Gross Square Footage of Existing Structures to be removed (all floors): _________________


Existing Height to Building Eave: __________ Existing Height to Building Peak: ______________

Proposed Height to Building Eave: _________ Proposed Height to Building Peak: _____________


The existing building is a: _____ Single-Family Dwelling _____ Duplex

 Other Multi-Unit_____ Other (specify): _________________________________

Exterior Building Materials:














Fascia, Trim, Etc.







Existing Windows:


Existing Material: __________________________________________________________


Existing Sill Depth: _________________________________________________________


Existing Window Type: Casement ____ Slider ____ Double-Hung ____ Single-Hung _____



Fixed _____ Divided Light _____How many? _____ (e.g. 4 over 1, 3 over 1)

Proposed Windows:


Proposed Material: _________________________________________________________


Proposed Sill Depth: ________________________________________________________


Proposed Window Type: Casement ____ Slider ____ Double-Hung ____ Single-Hung _____



Fixed____ Divided Light ____ How many? _____ (e.g. 4 over 1, 3 over 1)

For proposed divided lights, please describe grid, including width, whether it is flat or contoured:

Will the exterior trim remain on the replacement windows? _____ Yes _____ No


























Are there any prominent trees or areas of vegetation on the property? If yes, what are the type, size and general location? _______________________________________________________________



Does this application propose to remove or alter any of these prominent trees or vegetation areas? If so, which ones? And describe proposed change:






Are there other proposed changes not yet covered in the application? _____ Yes _____ No

If yes, please explain: _______________________________________________________________














Property Owner












City Approval:









Printed Name and Title












(Ord. 4508, 3-21-12)

26.36.060 Appendix F – Authentic plants for late 19th/early 20th century period landscaping.

Authentic Plants for Late 19th/Early 20th Century Period Landscaping

Shrubs, trees and vines

Common Laburnum

American Hornbeam

Asiatic Bittersweet Vine


Flowering Quince

American Yellow-wood


Weeping Willow

Blue Spruce

Mugho Pine

Dwarf Scotch Pine

Red-Twigged Dogwood



Double Flowering Plums

Cock-Spur Thorn

Sargent Cherry

Tulip Tree


Slender Deutzia

Scarlet Firethorn


American or European Beech


Honey Locust

Leatherleaf Mahonia

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Fragrant Sumac

European Ash

Cut-Leaved Sumac

Amur Privet


Rock Spirea

Mountain Ash


Snowberry Waxberry

Indian Currant, Coral-Berry



Rosy Weigela


Golden Rain Tree


Japanese Spurge

Tree of Heaven

Maple, except sugar or silver

Virginia Creeper

Horse Chestnut

Boston Ivy, Japan Ivy



Trumpet Creeper


Golden Rain Tree

Oregon Grape Holly


(Ord. 4508, 3-21-12)