STAFF LIAISON: Sally Studnar (503) 588-6173 x7511
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUTHORITY: SRC Chapter 20C | Historic Preservation Code
NUMBER OF MEMBERS: Nine
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Mayoral Appointment
TERM LENGTH: Three years
Hearings: Public Hearing Procedures
Decisions: Historic Review Decisions
The Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) was established in 1986 with the City's adoption of a Historic Preservation Program. In 2010, an updated Historic Preservation Plan was adopted by the City and acts as the workplan for the HLC. The Historic Landmarks Commission advises the Council on matters pertaining to historic sites and structures in Salem; administers the Historic Preservation Ordinance; assists property owners in preservations of such structures. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. The Commission also meets as needed to conduct alteration reviews or other business. These meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
The Commission is made up of City residents who volunteer their time and professional expertise to review, designate, and encourage the preservation of historic resources, as well as providing review of certain development applications for conformance with the historic preservation code standards and guidelines. Federal program requirements specify that a majority of the HLC should be comprised of professionals in the fields of history, archeology, anthropology, architecture, conservation & curating, engineering, historic preservation, and landscape architecture.
Special membership requirements:
At least five of the members shall meet the United States Secretary of the Interior's Historic Preservation Qualification Standards, to the extent that professionals meeting those standards are available in the community. In making such appointments, the mayor should consider the applicants' qualifications in the fields of archaeology, architectural history, conservation, cultural anthropology, curation, engineering, folklore, historic architecture, historic landscape architecture, historic preservation, historic preservation planning, and history. The remaining commissioners may be appointed at-large. When making appointments, the Mayor may also consider applicants' qualifications in the fields of construction, restoration, real estate, local history and architecture, as these fields are directly related to the routine function of the commission.
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