Historic Planner/Preservation Coordinator
City of Cumberland
57 North Liberty Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
I've been on the preservation commission for 7 1/2 years and we've only ever had one After-the-Fact review come to us. (I think there are some that staff dealt with because they were of a more minor nature.) We went through the entire review as if the work had not happened and determined whether we would approve the "proposed" solution or not. For solutions that we felt were inappropriate, the property owner would have to meet with staff and determine next steps. They would either have to return the property to the way it was before, or they would have to find a means of mitigating the damage. They would not be able to get any kind of building permit for any work (including a routine roof replacement, etc.) until they had complied with what was required by the preservation department.
I think the real key is having well trained building department/permitting staff that are familiar with preservation policies and are quick to refer a proposal to the preservation staff *before* any permits are issued.
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