Excerpt from an interview with Kate McConnell, chair of the City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission, in the Frederick News-Post:
What do you think is the biggest misconception people might have about the historic preservation process and designations for the city?
Length of review. I’ve heard concern about large projects being held up and smaller maintenance projects being delayed because of architectural review. City historic preservation planning staff and the Historic Preservation Commission are sympathetic to this concern and have worked very hard to make the architectural review process efficient. Routine building maintenance does not require review. Many simple projects and a lot of projects that meet the historic district guidelines can be administratively reviewed by staff. This means that HPO [historic preservation overlay] property owners do not need to have the project reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission at a public meeting.