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Historic Preservation Commission

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Circle house with tree through porch roof

Circle house with tree through porch roof

The Town of Washington Grove is a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. In November 2001, Washington Grove established a Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

The purpose of the HPC building permit review is to encourage the preservation, where applicable, of the exterior architectural features found in the Town and encourage compatibility with neighboring contributing structures. The HPC has five members – all Town residents.

The HPC encourages both Early Consultations and Preliminary Reviews

[Historic Preservation Commission Reviews]

HPC reviews are advisory in nature. Only the Planning Commission has the authority to approve or disapprove the submittal. If at all possible, the HPC encourages you to be present when we review your project.

A. Early Consultation can take the form of informal discussion of a tentative design. You may submit material anytime, which can consist of sketches, photos, written descriptions, dreams. No application is necessary, but you should contact the Town Clerk or the HPC to be added to the agenda for the next meeting. Such Early Consultations may help in the preparation of formal architectural drawings. Ideas or suggestions at this stage may enhance compatibility as well as save time and money in developing your architectural plans.

B. Preliminary Written Review. When requesting a Preliminary Written Review from the HPC please include floor plans, elevations, and descriptions of exterior building materials. Drawings should clearly show the existing structure and proposed changes. It is very helpful, especially if altering the existing structure, to include photographs and/or architectural models to convey proposed changes.

The information submitted should include the following:

  • The scale of the construction in relation to the existing and surrounding structures.
  • Type of exterior materials such as siding, and design elements including windows, doors, and decorative details.
  • Accurate depiction of roof design including pitch, ridgeline orientation, dormers, and eave treatments.

If an applicant elects to adopt the HPC’s recommendations from a Preliminary Written Review then the HPC should be able to expedite its review of the building permit application. When the applicant later files an application for a building permit with the Town, the material submitted with the application will be compared with the earlier Preliminary Review. If it shows sufficient attention to the HPC recommendations, it will be forwarded directly to the Planning Commission. If the final design is not in accord with the Preliminary Review, the application may be added to the agenda of the next HPC meeting for formal review.

COMMISSIONS
Board of Zoning Appeals

Marc Hansen, Chair
301-869-0926

Christine Dibble, Board Member
301-869-4334

Satoshi Amagai, Board Member
301-330-1336
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Kathie Evans, Alternate Board Member
301-869-7816
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Planning Commission

Peter Nagrod, Chairman Member
301-512-5771
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John McClelland, Council Liaison Member
301-963-3328
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Steve Werts, Member
301-926-1668
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Deb Mehlferber, Member
301-670-0837
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David Hix, Member
301-825-3737
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Georgette Cole, Alternate Member
301-330-6740
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Historic Preservation Commission

Robert B. Booher, Chairman
301-963-3935
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Wendy Harris, Member
301-388-2195
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Georgette Cole, Council Liaison
301-330-6740
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Gail Littlefield, Member
301-990-6567
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Mimi Styles, Member
301-519-1957
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David Stopak, Member
301-330-5446
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Supervisors of Elections

Meredith Horan, Supervisor
301-926-1054

Nick Suzich, Chairperson
301-926-4810

Joe Clark, Board Member

HPC Links

HPC NEWS

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Agenda, September 19, 2017

Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | McCathran Hall Council Room I. OFFICIAL BUSINESS 7:30 p.m. 1.1 Approval of Agenda 1.2 Adoption of the Minutes II. REVIEW SESSION 8:00 p.m. III. OLD BUSINESS 9:00 p.m. Selective...

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Minutes July 2017

[Town Minutes Archive] 18 July 2017 | Approved: 15 August 2017 Members Present: Bob Booher, Wendy Harris, Gail Littlefield and David Stopak, along with John Compton, Town Council Liaison. Also in attendance (7:50 pm) was Dave Cosson, Emergency Preparedness Committee....

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Agenda, Ausust 15, 2017

Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. | McCathran Hall Council Room I. OFFICIAL BUSINESS 7:30 p.m. 1.1 Approval of Agenda 1.2 Adoption of the Minutes II. REVIEW SESSION 8:00 p.m. III. OLD BUSINESS 9:00 p.m. Selective...

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Minutes June 2017

[Town Minutes Archive] 20 June 2017 | Approved: 18 July 2017 Members Present: Bob Booher, Wendy Harris, Gail Littlefield, David Stopak, Mimi Styles, and John Compton. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm. Approval of Agenda: The agenda was reviewed and approved,...

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