Working with Local Governments
Guidelines for Coordinating with Local Governments
- Meet with your Mayor and Council at least once a year and update them on your activities, concerns and problems.
- Request that a member of the council be appointed to serve as a liaison with the Preservation Commission.
- Get to know the other commissions and boards that serve the community as part of local government, such as the planning commission, zoning appeals, etc.
- Print an annual report of the activities of the commission emphasizing success stories and new programs.
- Learn how the commission can work with the housing administrator or block grant administrator in your community to integrate preservation with projects serving low-income or elderly individuals.
- Meet with your fire inspector to discuss the commission's concerns regarding the protection of historic properties.
- Ensure that zoning ordinances, sign ordinances, etc., do not conflict with the design guidelines for landmarks and historic districts.
- Meet with the Director of Public Works to ensure that all public improvements in historic districts are reviewed by the commission.
- Meet with your city attorney before your commission runs into problems. Ask him/her to attend a meeting and critique it for proper procedural methods.