The Westminster Historic District Commission
(HDC) works with Planning Department staff to preserve and enhance the character of Westminster’s historic structures, streetscapes, and neighborhoods. The HDC consists of five appointed members, all of which are citizens of Westminster, and have some background in historic preservation, architecture, or planning. The HDC is supported by the Natural and Cultural Resources Planner and the Planning Department. The main activities of the HDC include reviewing rehabilitation tax credit applications, advising residents on proper rehabilitation and restoration methods, educating the public about preservation programs, and promoting the historic character of the City.
Because historic structures and streetscapes are so influential in the character of the City, the HDC and Planning Department staff are exploring initiatives to protect these resources from unnecessary demolition and inappropriate alterations. Possible solutions include improved Historic District zoning, design guidelines for new construction and major renovations in certain areas, and improved incentives for appropriate projects.
Planning, Zoning & Development Department