I guess some people didn't know what they were signing up for when Irvington applied for Historic District status. Take a look at the fees applicable. "Minor Projects" like changing the house color or adding exterior lights now costs $1,050, just to pay the city to think about whether or not it will allow the homeowner to proceed. I can understand why people would be upset, but how did they not know what they were signing up for? It's not like the city just created the fee schedule, this is what Irvington residents elected to do to themselves.
I can laugh now, but I'll be downright pissed if they get the fees reduced and I wind up having to subsidize their nonsense.