The City encourages preserving the appearance of our older homes, neighborhoods, churches, commercial and industrial buildings. The Westminster Historic District Commission (HDC) has been guiding the City’s preservation efforts since 1992. At any one time 7 dedicated citizens serve on the Commission. They bring their professional talents and personal interests to every Commission meeting. Their efforts are dedicated toward the education and promotion of historic preservation in Westminster. They offer residents design advice, proper rehabilitation and restoration methods. The HDC is supported by the City Planner.
Through the HDC the City of Westminster offers property tax credits to owners who maintain, repair and/or improve their property (exterior: painting, porch repairs, new roof, etc. interior: repair/replacement of a new furnace, plumbing or electrical systems and interior rooms. The HDC approves the tax credit applications for the eligible repair, replacement and improvements on homes and buildings.
Because historic structures and streetscapes are so influential in the character of the City, the HDC is exploring initiatives to protect these resources from unnecessary demolition, inappropriate alterations and/or incompatible design of new structures. Possible solutions include improved Historic District zoning, design guidelines for new construction and major renovations in certain areas, and improved incentives for appropriate projects.