Historic Preservation & Zoning

Preservation is Zoning

Quasi-judicial commission


Top of the Zoning Hierarchy:

  1. Pres. Ordinance
  2. Design Guideline
  3. Use (R, C, M, etc)

What isn’t called out in preservation ordinance is covered by zoning code.

Preservation is:

  • Exterior Material Changes
  • Materials
  • Roof Shape
  • Massing/scale
  • Setbacks
  • Fenestration (windows and doors)
  • Compatibility
  • Preservation

HPC members should be:

  • Architect
  • Planner
  • Landscape Architect
  • Historian
  • Preservationist
  • Neighborhood Representative (can read plans!)
  • Professional and Courteous!

Historic Preservation should be a clear process:

  • Easy to Understand Application
  • Public Notice
  • Meet with Applicant
  • Concise and Clear Staff Review
  • On Time Meeting
  • Quick Turn around of COA


As staff, provide customer service:

  • Meet in advance
  • Provide guidance and support
  • List of qualified architects/contractors
  • Engineers
  • Outreach programs
  • Design Awards

Collaborate with Stakeholders:

  • Building Code Official
  • Public Works/Engineering
  • Fire Marshal
  • Code Enforcement

Design Guidelines

  • Materials
  • Setbacks
  • Compatibility
  • More Suggestive than prohibitive
  • Compatibility is key
  • Don’t regulate paint color!
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Please note: The Winter 2021 Conference has been cancelled. We will have our Summer 2021 Conference in August with an additional day of training added to the typical schedule.