Historic Preservation Commission#
Remote Meeting Participation
COVID-19 Impact on Board and Commission Meetings
Due to guidance from health officials, including County and State safer-at-home orders, Board and Commission meetings are not being held in City buildings. Meetings are being conducted online and only remote public participation is possible.
The online platform Zoom is being used to facilitate City Council meetings because of its ease of use and outstanding accessibility. Due to recent software upgrades by Zoom and the City's proactive steps to manage the platform, earlier concerns about cybersecurity have been mitigated. Additionally, all community members participating through Zoom will be automatically muted when they join the meeting, and their video feeds will not be displayed to City staff or other participants.
For instructions on how to access the meeting online or by phone, review the instructions in the Summary Agenda for the meeting (below) or review this detailed instruction guide. If you are encountering difficulties connecting to the meeting, please see Zoom's troubleshooting info.
Work Sessions are conducted on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Regular Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
All meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. | View meeting schedule
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Veteran’s day, the November work session will be held on Thursday the 12th.
Meeting Location: Council Chambers, City Hall, 300 Laporte Avenue
The Commission shall perform all duties relating to preservation of historic landmarks as set out in Chapter 14, including the designation of sites, structures, objects or districts as landmarks and the review and approval or rejection of plans for the construction, alteration, demolition or relocation of any such site, structure, object or district. Decisions of the Commission are final unless appealed to the City Council.
The Commission shall also perform the following additional functions:
- To promote awareness and understanding of, and appreciation for, the value of historic resource preservation in contributing to the quality of life in the City, and actively encourage property owners to voluntarily designate their properties as historic landmarks;
- To advise the City Council and City staff with regard to the identification and evaluation of historic resources within the Growth Management Area and provide information regarding the significance of the resources, the nature and degree of threat to their preservation, and methods for their protection;
- To advise the City Council and City staff with regard to appropriate policies, incentives and regulations for encouraging and/or requiring preservation and rehabilitation of historic resources;
- To coordinate with the various other City boards, commissions and City staff members whose actions may affect the preservation of historic resources in the community;
- To establish a committee of its members to provide advice and, if required under Section 2.10.2(H) of the Land Use Code, written recommendations to the owners of eligible historic properties, and of properties located near eligible historic properties, regarding historically appropriate design and site planning for additions, alterations, and new construction in the City; provided, however, that any members of such committee who provide such advice or recommendations to property owners under this provision shall refrain from participating in any subsequent decisions of the Commission related to such properties;
- To perform such other duties and functions as may be provided by the City Council by ordinance or resolution.
RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS: In making appointments to the Commission, the City Council shall give due consideration to maintaining a balance of interests and skills in the composition of the Commission and to the individual qualifications of the candidates including but not limited to their training, experience, knowledge or interest in any one or more of the fields of architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, structural engineering, general contracting, urban planning, history, archaeology or related disciplines, mortgage lending and commerce.
15-20 hours a month