Central City’s Historic Preservation Commission is a six-member board appointed by City Council to maintain and enhance the historical, architectural, and geographic heritage of the City. The HPC reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness, which affirm the Commission’s approval of plans for rehabilitation, construction, and demolition within the National Historic Landmark District. Click here for more information about historic preservation in Central City.
HPC review for Certificates of Appropriateness is based on the Central City Design Guidelines, which can be found in the Applicant Portal below. The HPC shall not design or assist in the design of any project submitted. Creative approaches to preservation and innovation are encouraged.
If the HPC denies an application or approves with conditions that the applicant feels are unacceptable, the applicant shall have the right to appeal to the City Council.
Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness are due to the Historic Preservation Officer by the end of the month prior to the meeting at which it will be considered.
Next Historic Preservation Commission Work Session:
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Dial: +1 253 215 8782
Access Code: 816 1619 3523
Please apply by March 31, 2021 for the April 14th meeting.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Central City will conduct Historic Preservation Commission meetings via a video conferencing platform. The information to participate in these virtual meetings is posted above.
- To ask questions, you may virtually "raise your hand" and use the Q&A function.
- The "poll" function may also be used to get input.
Please find agendas and staff reports below.
2nd Wednesday of each month, currently held remotely.
Meeting agendas shall be posted on the City Hall steps and here as available. Meetings may be cancelled or rescheduled due to lack of business or poor weather. Special meetings may also be called.
Any contact of a Historic Preservation Commissioner regarding any specific property case, proposal, or request should be made during a public meeting or through staff prior to the meeting. No one should attempt to contact a Commissioner prior to the meeting to ensure all the information is presented and heard at the same time in a public forum.
Alex Thome, Chair (expires 12/24)
Deborah L. Wray, Chair pro tem (expires 12/22)
David Forsyth (expires 12/22)
Ernie Van Deuchen (expires 12/24)
Chuck Webster (expires 12/22)
Casey Saltness (expires 12/24) - Alternate
There are currently no openings for commission members on the HPC.
Please contact staff prior to submitting an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to discuss proposed projects.