Commission Policies & Procedures

City of Frederick Historic Preservation Guidelines to be updated – public input requested

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: The Frederick Historic Preservation Commission is clarifying design guidelines for properties in the city’s historic district, and members want residents to remain as informed as possible during the process. “We have pushed and we will continue to push to have something much clearer, so when people move into the historic [...]

By | April 19th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on City of Frederick Historic Preservation Guidelines to be updated – public input requested

Kent County HDC Chair praises commission’s mission and procedures

Excerpt from MyEasternShoreMD: To the editor: A March 16 Kent County News article quoted Jay Yerkes saying, "It'€™s okay for the Historic District Commission (HDC) to be difficult and challenging. It's not OK to be rude." As chairperson of the commission, I apologize to anyone who feels that we have treated them rudely. We are a [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Kent County|Comments Off on Kent County HDC Chair praises commission’s mission and procedures

City of Frederick seeking HPC members

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The city of Frederick put out a call recently for people to fill vacancies on various boards and commissions. The available positions are on the Historic Preservation Commission, the Electrical Board, the Plumbing Board and a Neighborhood Advisory Council. According to the Historic Preservation Commission website, the term of one member, [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Frederick City, Good News|Comments Off on City of Frederick seeking HPC members

Gaithersburg HDC meetings go online

Excerpt from Gaithersburg Patch: Those interested in watching the proceedings of the Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, and Historic District Commission now have another option for viewing. The meetings of these legislative bodies are available via live streaming on the City’s YouTube channel. “The feature provides yet another venue to [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Gaithersburg, Good News|Comments Off on Gaithersburg HDC meetings go online

City of Frederick Seeks Applicants to Fill HPC Vacancy

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: The city of Frederick is looking to fill an opening on its Historic Preservation Commission. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and résumé to the city no later than 4 p.m. July 22, according to a city statement sent Friday. The seven-member Historic Preservation Commission is charged with applying [...]

By | July 13th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Frederick City, Good News|Comments Off on City of Frederick Seeks Applicants to Fill HPC Vacancy

Registration open – Legal Symposium: Creating, Defending, and Enforcing a Strong Historic Preservation Ordinance

The one-day symposium will address the legal, community, political, and enforcement challenges related to historic preservation ordinances and present creative, proven solutions for addressing them. Historic preservation commissioners, commission staff, city and county attorneys, and code enforcement officials are invited to participate in this interactive day of learning and discussion. We are pleased to have William Cook, Association [...]

By | May 27th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues, Training|Comments Off on Registration open – Legal Symposium: Creating, Defending, and Enforcing a Strong Historic Preservation Ordinance

Where Do Historic Districts Come From?

"Almost every local historic district created in the United States over the last century has been a grass-roots community effort by people who loved their houses and wanted to protect their investment in those houses...Eliminating local historic districts does more than threaten the property values we have worked so hard to maintain and the beauty [...]

By | April 12th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Training|Comments Off on Where Do Historic Districts Come From?

In the news: Annapolis Working Group Dissolved, Ordinance Changes to be Withdrawn

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: The contentious legislation on changes to city code governing historic properties will be withdrawn at Monday's City Council meeting and the work group surrounding that legislation has been dissolved. An email sent out by Pete Gutwald, the city's Director of Planning and Zoning, broke the news to members of the [...]

By | April 6th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Annapolis Working Group Dissolved, Ordinance Changes to be Withdrawn

In the news: Rising Sun HPC Seeks New Members

Excerpt from the Herald and Chronicle: Rising Sun's Historical Preservation Commission has big plans for 2016. What they'd like is more people to join them. Jimmy Gibney, who is filling in leading the group while President Tom Mumey is recovering from illness, said membership in the all volunteer organization is down. "We've lost some people. And [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Good News, Rising Sun|Comments Off on In the news: Rising Sun HPC Seeks New Members

In the news: Work group meets to tackle Annapolis historic preservation code

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: A work group discussing changes to the city code on historic landmarks and structures met Wednesday at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. Participants pored over each line, debating the changes to city code the Historic Preservation Commission uses for oversight and regulation of historic properties. For those at the meeting, [...]

By | March 29th, 2016|Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Work group meets to tackle Annapolis historic preservation code

In the news: Annapolis Planning Commission sends Historic District code changes back to council for amendments

Excerpt from the Capital Gazette: Near the end of the long meeting, which pushed past 10:30 p.m., the Planning Commission had a lengthy conversation on what to do with the legislation before it. The discussion was over proposed code changes governing the Historic District, which would modify how the city handles demolition by neglect, maintenance [...]

By | February 9th, 2016|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Annapolis Planning Commission sends Historic District code changes back to council for amendments

In the News: What if Frederick didn’t have the HPC?

Excerpt from The Frederick News-Post: For all the charges of obstructionism made against it, the vast majority of applications are approved. And the commission does play a useful role in guiding development. Consider the case of those South Market facades. The developer’s original plans for the site called for “a six-story building with an exposed [...]

By | February 5th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations|Comments Off on In the News: What if Frederick didn’t have the HPC?

Montgomery County seeks HPC commissioners

Excerpt from a Montgomery County press release: County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill four vacancies on the Historic Preservation Commission. Applicants should have expertise in the field of history, architecture, preservation, or urban design, or should represent a special geographic area, or a social, economic or cultural interest in the County. Owners [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Good News, Montgomery County|Comments Off on Montgomery County seeks HPC commissioners

In the news: Historic preservation code change legislation introduced in Annapolis

Excerpt from Capital Gazette: Annapolis residents asked the City Council on Monday to delay legislation that would change the city code that regulates historic properties in Annapolis, saying they wanted more time for public input on the complex legislation. The legislation was introduced despite the requests to delay it, and it will go before several [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Historic preservation code change legislation introduced in Annapolis

In the news: Designation moratorium lifted in Frederick but process may change

Excerpt from the Frederick News-Post: As early as the first week of January, the Frederick County Council might consider changes to the process for registering historic properties in the county. A six-month moratorium on new applications for properties seeking inclusion on the County Register of Historic Places — which council members pursued after the controversial application [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Commission Policies & Procedures, Frederick County, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Designation moratorium lifted in Frederick but process may change

Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission seeks to fill vacancies

Excerpt from the Cumberland Times-News: The Cumberland mayor and City Council are seeking qualified people to fill vacant seats on the Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission. Because of the commission's current makeup, city residency is not a requirement. According to city officials, applicants should possess a demonstrated special interest, specific knowledge or professional or academic training [...]

By | November 3rd, 2015|Calvert County, Commission Policies & Procedures, Good News|Comments Off on Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission seeks to fill vacancies

It’s time: Sharon Kennedy makes the case for updating Annapolis’ Preservation Ordinance

Sharon Kennedy, MAHDC Vice President and Annapolis HPC Chair, explains why it's time to update Annapolis' preservation ordinance in the Capital Gazette: "As the result of community conversations as well as procedural practices over the past years, the HPC has identified four main goals of the updates: Codification of the existing administrative approval process. Designed [...]

By | September 15th, 2015|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Demolition by Neglect, Landmarks & Designations, Legal Issues|Comments Off on It’s time: Sharon Kennedy makes the case for updating Annapolis’ Preservation Ordinance

In the news: Ocean City debates changes to ordinance

"Council members questioned representatives from the state Historic Preservation Office on what should and should not be part of the city’s historic district rules during a workshop Thursday, July 16 in City Hall. Representatives Andrea Tingey and Jonathan Kinney attended the meeting, held to discuss proposed changes to the ordinance and give the residents a [...]

By | July 28th, 2015|Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Ocean City|Comments Off on In the news: Ocean City debates changes to ordinance