The Buena Vista Historic District took effect today without Mayor Nancy Denson's signature.
Denson had said two weeks ago that she was keeping her options open in regard to signing the ordinance the commission passed March 5, letting it take effect without signing it or vetoing it.
The chances that she'd veto it were always "very insignificant," Denson said. Nonetheless, she opposed the district and so did not sign the law creating it.
"I'm still uncomfortable with the whole process," she said.
The Athens-Clarke Commission's Government Operations Committee, chaired by preservation proponent Kathy Hoard, could begin deliberating next month on changes to the historic designation process.