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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.