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Historic Districts, Volunteer Historic Districts, Conservation Districts

  • Cassity, Pratt. Planning and the Local Preservation Review Commission. CRM No. 7, pp.21-22, 2000. [Download as PDF file.]
  • Flow Chart for Establishing a Local Historic District, Massachusetts Historical Commission, 03/22/01. [Download as PDF file.]
  • Local Historical Commissions, Summary Sheet for New Commission Members, Massachusetts Historical Commission, 03/22/01. [Download as PDF file.]
  • Issue Paper: Conservation Districts, Cultural Resource Partnership Notes, Heritage Preservation Services, National Center for Cultural Resource Stewardship and Partnerships, National Park Service, 16 pp., June 1998.[Download PDF file at Partnership Notes. Print pp. 1-15.]
  • Working on the Past in Local Historic Districts, National Park Service.
  • New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Local Laws of the City of New York.
  • Design Guidelines for the Jewelry Historic District, Providence, Rhode Island. Providence Historic District Commission.

Extra Reading

  • Historic Preservation Design Guidelines [List], National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Owens Library, University of Georgia
  • Design Guidelines, Vieux Carré Commission, City of New Orleans, Louisana
  • Special Purpose Districts in Washington State. Report No. 58, August 2003. [Download as PDF file.]
  • Preservation Hotline #10: Frequently Asked Questions About Local Historic Districts. State Historic
    Preservation Office, South Carolina Department of Archives & History [Download as PDF file.]

Organizations

Municipalities typically obtain their authority to identify, evaluate, designate, and regulate historic resources (individual sites and districts) from state enabling legislation for municipal land use and development planning, zoning, including historic preservation zoning. The historic preservation ordinance is an extension of the municipality's zoning laws, which should be tailored to the community's character and historic preservation goals.

A Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is created and defined by the local ordinance. State enabling legislation usually requires that the HPC consist of members, plus alternates, who have a variety of backgrounds ranging from preservation professionals to citizen advocates.

HPC's may be either:

  • Advisory, where the Commission only makes recommendations to the planning board, or
  • Regulatory, where the Commission itself is empowered to make final decisions on projects subject to its review.

A new HPO publication, The Historic Preservation Commission Primer, available soon, will provide a detailed look at the development, elements and effectiveness of local historic preservation ordinances.publication, The Historic Preservation Commission Primer, available soon, will provide a detailed look at the development, elements and effectiveness of local historic preservation ordinances

Local Tools for Historic Preservation, NJ Department of Environmental Protection