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Historic District Commission

Historic District Commission

Volunteer Position Description

Duties of Position:    A Historic District Commission is established for the purpose of preserving the municipality’s cultural resources, particularly the structures and places of historic, architectural and community value. The Commission is tasked with preserving the designated historic districts in the municipality that reflect its cultural, social, economic, political, community and architectural history, preserving property values in such districts, 
fostering civic beauty, strengthening the local economy and promoting the use of historic districts for the education, pleasure and welfare of the municipality’s citizens.

Responsibilities:    Establish the legal basis for historic districts through research and to prepare the content of the historic district ordinance prior to adoption by the municipality. Administer the ordinance and regulations within the historic district by reviewing applications for building permits within the district and file with the building inspector a certificate of approval or notice of disapproval.

Appointing Authority:   Appointed in a manner as prescribed by the local legislative body when established.

Length of Appointment: Historic District Commission Members are appointed for three (3) year terms.

Time Commitment:   The Historic District Commission will hold meetings whenever there is an issue relevant to their authority and review applications for building permits within the district. Meetings would likely occur around once a month.

Qualifications:     Eligible candidates include adults over the age of 18 who are U.S. Citizens and who reside in town. A prior interest in historic preservation, land use matters or land use development, such as real estate agent, attorney, municipal planning or related technical field such as engineering, surveying and environmental sciences is helpful but not required.

Support Provided:    The town may pay for attendance at training programs provided by the NH Office of Planning and Development or the New Hampshire Municipal Association.