Commission Policies & Procedures

City of Frederick HPC votes to designate Birely Tannery

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: A building in the middle of the proposed downtown hotel and conference center is a contributing resource to the Frederick Town Historic District, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission agreed. But the fate of the 108-year-old Birely Tannery building is still up in the air. After about two hours of testimony and [...]

By |2017-08-01T10:35:43+00:00July 15th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Frederick City, Industrial, Landmarks & Designations, New Construction|Comments Off on City of Frederick HPC votes to designate Birely Tannery

Frederick HPC to consider designation for Magnolia Avenue home following demolition request

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: Applause rang out Thursday among roughly 40 attendees at a Frederick Historic Preservation Commission meeting as demolition of a Magnolia Avenue home hit a sizable snag. The attendees, who were mostly neighbors of the house in question at 210 Magnolia Ave., showed up to Thursday’s meeting to oppose demolition of the [...]

By |2017-08-01T10:31:30+00:00July 14th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Frederick City, Landmarks & Designations, Mid-century Modern, New Construction|Comments Off on Frederick HPC to consider designation for Magnolia Avenue home following demolition request

Rockville City Council rejects appointment of Giammo to HDC

Excerpt from the Sentinel: In most jurisdictions, board and commission appointments are usually toward the bottom of the list in terms of public interest and controversy -- but not in Rockville. For many municipalities, mayoral appointments are a formality often given rubberstamped approval by the city council, but in Rockville what may have seemed like [...]

By |2017-08-01T10:16:47+00:00July 14th, 2017|Commission Policies & Procedures, Rockville|Comments Off on Rockville City Council rejects appointment of Giammo to HDC

Berlin HDC wants to increase awareness about historic district with potential buyers

Excerpt from the Dispatch: Members of the town’s historic district commission want people buying homes in Berlin to be aware of historic district regulations before they buy. Discussion of a young couple’s request to erect a fence on their property led the Berlin Historic District Commission (HDC) Wednesday into a conversation about the need to [...]

By |2017-08-01T11:27:11+00:00July 5th, 2017|Berlin, Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Design Review & Guidelines|Comments Off on Berlin HDC wants to increase awareness about historic district with potential buyers

Annapolis seeks HPC members

Excerpt from Capital Gazette:   The Historic Preservation Commission reviews applications to construct, alter, move, demolish or repair a structure within the historic district. Regular public hearings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Administrative meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. [...]

By |2017-07-03T09:31:04+00:00June 7th, 2017|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Community Outreach & Education, Good News|Comments Off on Annapolis seeks HPC members

Preservationists advocate at Frederick HPC Meeting for tannery site

Excerpt from Frederick News-Post: News that the latest design for the proposed downtown hotel and conference center definitely includes plans to demolish the historic Birely Tannery building attracted a small crowd Thursday to the city’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting. The agenda for the meeting was rather light, with only one item set for hearing and [...]

By |2017-07-03T09:26:47+00:00June 3rd, 2017|Advocacy, Commission Policies & Procedures, Design Review & Guidelines, Frederick City|Comments Off on Preservationists advocate at Frederick HPC Meeting for tannery site

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 |2017-05-12T10:25:08+00:00April 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 |2017-04-14T14:27:17+00:00March 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 |2017-04-14T14:18:02+00:00March 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 |2016-12-16T11:05:57+00:00August 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 |2016-12-16T11:09:32+00:00July 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 |2016-12-16T11:16:42+00:00May 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 |2016-12-16T11:24:34+00:00April 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 |2016-12-16T11:25:11+00:00April 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 |2016-12-16T11:25:46+00:00April 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 |2016-12-16T11:27:20+00:00March 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 |2016-12-09T11:25:23+00:00February 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 |2016-12-16T11:31:46+00:00February 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 |2017-01-04T14:04:05+00:00January 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 |2016-12-09T11:25:37+00:00January 12th, 2016|Annapolis, Commission Policies & Procedures, Legal Issues|Comments Off on In the news: Historic preservation code change legislation introduced in Annapolis