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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Historic Preservation Commission

Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month in City Hall Chambers, 102 North 3rd Street, at 5:30 p.m.

HPC 2016 meeting dates and submission deadlines

Calendar of Meetings
Historic Preservation Commission - Definition of Terms and Processes
Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) - Purpose
The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a nine member board appointed by the City Council to "promote, enhance and preserve the character of the Wilmington historic districts." The HPC hears and decides requests for Certificates of Appropriateness in accordance with the adopted Wilmington Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks.
Design review by the HPC is required for exterior alterations to properties located within the city's historic districts in order to ensure compatibility with the historic character of the district. The Design Guidelines do not impose a particular architectural style, but encourage compatible design, whether traditional or contemporary.
Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) - Defined
Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is issued by the Commission for approved exterior changes to a property. Approval is based on the Wilmington Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks.
Wilmington Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks - Defined
The Wilmington Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Landmarks provides guidelines which enable the Commission to act responsively and responsibly in reviewing design changes in the historic districts. It states the organizational framework within which the Historic Preservation Commission must work. It identifies Wilmington's historic districts and describes the review authority of the Commission in each district. It contains the local design guidelines which are used in conjunction with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. All Commission decisions on design changes are based on this document and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
Administrative Bypass - Purpose
The Commission has an Administrative Bypass system which allows the Historic Preservation Planner to approve minor changes to properties.
Appeal Process
Appeals of Commission decisions are to the Wilmington Board of Adjustment. Appeals must be filed within ten days from the date of the Commission hearing.
Commission Members

Lynne Boney   Vice Chair

Rob Romero Chairman 

Chris Wilson

Tara Schwenzfeier Murphy

Mary Ann Keiser

Edward McCaleb

Sharon Demas

John Muzzey

Janet Seapker



Staff Liaison
Dawn Snotherly 
Historic Preservation Planner


Becoming a Commissioner

Nine members are appointed by City Council to serve four year terms.


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