In nearly two years’ collaboration with city planners, residents created a neighborhood plan to guide the community’s growth and redevelopment into the future. The plan, adopted by city council in 2002, listed historic preservation among its top priorities. The plan examined defining neighborhood characteristics and outlined them in voluntary design guidelines. Unfortunately, these guidelines have been largely ignored as increasing numbers of original structures are demolished for redevelopment. Only local historic districts (LHD) can rein in demolition, while setting enforceable design standards for future redevelopment. Residents would define those standards. Here is a design template suggested by non-profit organization Preservation Austin.