The Historic Preservation Board was created in 2006, in conjunction with the Historic Preservation Code, to allow for the preservation of historic resources at the local level. Historic preservation helps to preserve and protect properties of historical, cultural, archaeological, aesthetic and architectural merit which serve as visual reminders of the City's history. Furthermore, historic preservation strengthens the economy by stabilizing and improving property values in historic areas by combating urban decay through rehabilitation and revitalization.
The Historic Preservation Board is vested with the power, authority and jurisdiction to recommend local historic designations, and to regulate and administer historical, cultural, archaeological and architectural resources in the City. The Board is under direct jurisdiction and legislative control of the City Council.
There are seven (7) members and two (2) alternate members appointed by City Council to serve on the Historic Preservation Board. Members should have personal or professional interest or experience in historic restoration and preservation. The Board may include members in the field of architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, archaeology, history, real estate, land use and historic preservation planning, general or building contracting or cultural anthropology. Whenever possible members of the board shall be a resident of the City; however, it is not mandatory.