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Vieux Carré, New Orleans, Louisiana

Historic Districts, Volunteer Historic Districts, Conservation Districts

  • Historic district (United States), Wikipedia
  • Cassity, Pratt. Planning and the Local Preservation Review Commission. CRM No. 7, pp.21-22, 2000. [PDF file.]
  • Reap, James K. and Melvin B. Hill, Jr., Law and the Historic Preservation Commission: Waht Every Member Needs to Know. Cultural Resources Partnership Notes, NPS, 2007 [PDF file.]
  • Flow Chart for Establishing a Local Historic District, Massachusetts Historical Commission, 03/22/01. [PDF file.]
  • Flow of Power
    • Tenth Amendment, Wikipedia with power delegated to the states
    • Enabling legislation (act), Wikipedia, delegates power to local communities. In RI rules are made in advance and specific, and to remain in effect for entire undertaking.
  • Legality of zoning
  • Process/Controls
    • Ordinance/Warrant: based on state enabling legislation; district (as map); power (regulate); commission member (number, qualifications, appointment by council)
    • Standards: Secretary of Interior Standards, others. Under HDC standards, precedents do not have standing given varying nature of each case.
    • Guidelines, provide multiple paths to possible solutions
    • Process for application
      • Typically for exterior (or that part in 'public view')
      • HDC application for a certificate of appropriateness (CofA)
        • Staff approval
        • Full commission approval
      • Building permit (if change is covered),
      • Findings of fact: documents significance, and condition—based on site visit; making sure not to break quorum (WIkipedia) rules.
      • Public hearing (Wikipedia)
      • Finding
      • Appeal (in RI
        • local zoning board (do not hear de novo, WIkipedia) to overturn, remand or uphold
        • Superior Court
        • State Supreme Court
        • US Supreme Court
  • Reap, James K., Historic Preservation and Local Government, Context: Journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, v.92, November 2005, pp. 25-28.
  • Local Historical Commissions, Summary Sheet for New Commission Members, Massachusetts Historical Commission, 03/22/01. [Download as PDF file.]
  • Working on the Past in Local Historic Districts, National Park Service.
  • 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.]
  • Historic Preservation Design Guidelines, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), Owens Library, University of Georgia.