Historic district regulations ensure that the construction and renovation of homes respect the architectural character of the surrounding neighborhood. The historic district established almost twenty years ago in Rochelle Heights and Rochelle Park is widely credited with stabilizing and enhancing home values. There may be other neighborhoods for which historic status is appropriate. In order to provide a clear roadmap for residents and neighborhood leaders wishing to explore such a possibility, the City Council this month amended our historic district law to streamline the procedure through which historic districts are applied for, reviewed, and created. If you live in an area for which historic regulations may be appropriate and would like to learn more, please contact me, and I will be pleased to send you a copy of the new law.