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 General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Andrea Ferster, nationally-respected historic preservation attorney, as our keynote speakers. Lunch is provided.

Preliminary Program

Keynote: William Cook, Associate General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Session 1: Model Ordinance – Nell Ziehl, Chief of the Office of Planning, Education, and Outreach at the Maryland Historical Trust

Writing or revising an ordinance can be a formidable endeavor, but Maryland Historical Trust has created a new model ordinance, with topics keyed to the Land Use Article, to get you there. Nell Ziehl of the Maryland Historical Trust will lead a discussion on ordinance requirements for participation in the state’s Certified Local Government program (considered “the gold standard”), as well as some of the variety in provisions encountered statewide. Participants will be invited to share their local approaches and experiences.

Session 2: Public Relations – Christina Martinkosky, Historic Preservation Planner, City of Frederick; Sharon Kennedy, Chair, City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission; and Scott Whipple, Historic Preservation Supervisor, Montgomery Planning Department 

Ordinance change can be a high risk endeavor, so establishing a good public relations plan before you begin is essential for success. A panel of experts from three Maryland jurisdictions will present real-world examples of public relations strategies they have employed in their communities that have increased awareness, transparency, and public appreciation of preservation initiatives. The panelists will then lead a discussion with the symposium participants on effective community participation and communication.

Lunch & Keynote: Andrea Ferster, Historic Preservation Attorney

Session 3: Politics – Councilman Bill Henry, City of Baltimore

Session 4: Enforcement – Jess Phelps, Attorney, and representative from Prince George’s County

Planning Committee

Saralyn Salisbury-Jones, Sheila Bashiri, Jane Cox, Lisa Craig, Eric Holcomb, Sharon Kennedy, LaSara Kinser, Melanie Lytle, Stacy Montgomery, Jess Phelps, Fred Stachura, and Nell Ziehl