Historical Preservation Commission......(continued)
The Commission is also responsible for reviewing applications for zoning permits, which must be issued for certain exterior alterations to any historic structure. Currently, the only designated historic structures in the Borough are located within the Historic District. If you own a home or business in the Historic District and are planning improvements to the property, please contact the Historic Commission before beginning any work. We can help you understand how to best achieve your goal while protecting the historic fabric of your property and the integrity of the Historic District. We will also be happy to provide whatever resources, information, or guidance we can.
As with any other zoning function, the Architectural Design Guidelines and the Historic Commission review process are designed to preserve property values. Any historic property will be worth more to a prospective buyer if it has been appropriately and sensitively maintained and improved. Preserving the character and integrity of our historic district protects the value of those historic properties within it, but also enhances the desirability of our borough as a whole. And while protecting property values, this process also assures that the heritage of our borough will be intact and accessible for future generations, truly a priceless asset.
Aside from its role in planning and zoning procedures, the Historic Commission works as an advocate for historic preservation in our borough in a number of ways:
- Rehabilitation of the Crawford property as both a history center and trail head facility
- Working with the Open Space Committee and Environmental Commission to plan trails on the Crawford property, and through the falls area
- Sponsorship of Eagle scout projects at the Crawford house
- Sponsorship of an Eagle scout project to clean up and document Pine Brook Cemetery
- Documentation of oral history
- Interaction with our schools - classroom visits and participation in Colonial Day
With any questions or comments, contact Stacey Slowinski at email@example.com