Who is on the Historic Zoning Commission?

The Historic Zoning Commission is composed of nine members consisting of a:

  • Architect, if available
  • Member of the local planning commission at the time of such person's appointment
  • Representative of a local patriotic or historical organization
  • Remaining members shall be appointed from the community in general

The Historic Zoning Commission shall be appointed by the chief executive of the municipality, subject to confirmation by the local legislative body.

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1. What is the difference between the National Register Historic District and the local Historic Zone (H-1)?
2. If my house were included in the Historic Zone (H-1), would I be required to restore it to its original historic appearance?
3. Would I need a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to remodel my kitchen or bathroom?
4. Would I need a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) if I wanted to paint my house?
5. Would I have to get a COA to replace damaged clapboard or re-side the whole house with vinyl siding?
6. I want to build a substantial addition to my house. If it were located in the historic zone (H-1), would I have to apply for a COA and, if so, could it be denied?
7. My house is not located within the proposed historic zone (H-1). How will the creation of the H-1 zone benefit me?
8. If a historic zone (H-1) is created, but subsequently proves to be unsatisfactory to most of the property owners inside it, can it be undone?
9. Are there tax benefits from being located within a historic district or zone?
10. Are there other advantages to being in a historic district?
11. Who is on the Historic Zoning Commission?
12. What are some activities that would and would not require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?