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Local Preservation Laws

Historic Preservation Ordinances protect individual sites and historic districts through a permitting process that requires advance review of proposed projects by a preservation commission, or other administrative body. Local Preservation Laws Historic preservation ordinances offer the greatest...


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Special Permit

Device allowing individual review and approval of a proposed development. Source: Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey of Federal, State, and Local Laws Governing Historic Resources Protection . Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation,...


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Landmark

A site or structure designated pursuant to a local preservation ordinance or other law that is worthy of preservation because of its particular historic, architectural, archeological, or cultural significance. Source: Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey...


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Historic District

An area that generally includes within its boundaries a significant concentration of properties linked by architectural style, historical development, or a past event. Source : Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey of Federal, State, and Local Laws...


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Economic Hardship

Extreme economic impact on individual property owner resulting from the application of a historic preservation law. Source : Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey of Federal, State, and Local Laws Governing Historic Resources Protection . Washington, DC:...


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Doing Away With Demolition-by-Neglect

A clear explanation of affirmative maintenance requirements and demolition by-neglect procedures in historic preservation ordinances as well as recommendations for resolving maintenance problems and enforcing violations under these laws as they arise. #PreservationTools ...

NTHP Preservation Books_Doing Away Demolition Neglect.pdf


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Design Review: "Too often, the role of design review boards is strictly adversarial."

I was asked by Preservation Forum to express my opinion of design review boards, drawing on my extensive--and not always harmonious--relationships with them. Although I think that often the process prevents the best architectural design in cities, I am not against design review boards, per se....


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Training for Historic Preservation Commissions: Part Three

Read Part One and Part Two of this series. This is final post in our three-part series about an online and onsite training program for local preservation commissioners developed by the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions (MAHDC). Last week’s post focused on the...

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Training for Historic Preservation Commissions: Part Two

St. Michaels, MD | Credit: Maryland Office of Tourism Read Part One or Part Three . Last week we brought you the first in a three-part series about an online and onsite training program for local preservation commissioners developed by the Maryland Association of Historic...

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