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Historic Districts Commission
Founded in 1960 by a Special Act of Legislature, the Historic Districts Commission has jurisdiction over projects large and small within the six Historic Districts of Concord.
"The purpose of this [Historic Districts] Act is to promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of buildings, places and districts of historic or literary significance through the development and maintenance of appropriate settings for said buildings, places and districts and through the maintenance of said buildings, places and districts as sites and landmarks compatible with the literary and historic tradition of Concord."
- 7 p.m.
- Generally the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted)
- All meetings will be held remotely through Zoom until further notice. Please see agenda for Zoom meeting information.
Agendas, Minutes & Meeting Recordings
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View most recent Agendas and Minutes
Meeting recordings can be found on Minuteman Media Network's YouTube page here:
2023 Meeting Schedule
|Meeting Date||Deadline for
|Jan 5, 2023||Dec 6, 2022||Virtual Hearing - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|Jan 26, 2023||Dec 27, 2022||Virtual Hearing - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|Feb 2, 2023||Jan 3, 2023||Virtual Hearing - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|Feb 23, 2023||Jan 24, 2023||Virtual meeting due to inclement weather - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|Mar 21, 2023||Feb 21, 2023||Virtual Hearing - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|Apr 6, 2023||Mar 7, 2023||Virtual Hearing - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|Apr 20, 2023||Mar 21, 2023||Virtual Hearing - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|May 4, 2023||Apr 4, 2024||Virtual Hearing - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|May 18, 2023||Apr 18, 2023||Virtual Hearing - See Agenda for Zoom Info|
|Jun 1, 2023||May 2, 2023||TBD|
|Jun 15, 2023||May 16, 2023||TBD|
|Jul 6, 2023||Jun 6, 2023||TBD|
|Jul 20, 2023||Jun 20, 2023||TBD|
|Aug 3, 2023||Jul 3, 2023||TBD|
|Aug 17, 2023||Jul 18, 2023||TBD|
|Sep 7, 2023||Aug 8, 2023||TBD|
|Sep 21, 2023||Aug 22, 2023||TBD|
|Oct 5, 2023||Sep 5, 2023||TBD|
|Oct 19, 2023||Sep 19, 2023||TBD|
|Nov 2, 2023||Oct 3, 2023||TBD|
|Nov 16, 2023||Oct 17, 2023||TBD|
|Dec 21, 2023||Nov 21, 2023||TBD|
Historic Districts Commission Membership
|Member||Nominated By||Term Expires|
|Luis Berrizbeitia, Chair||Planning Board||January 1, 2024|
|Katharine Mast||Library||January 1, 2028|
|Paul Ware||Natural Resources||January 1, 2024|
|Melinda Shumway||Select Board||January 1, 2026|
|Kate Chartener||Concord Museum||January 1, 2027|
|Associate Member||Nominated By||Term Expires|
|Timothy Whitney||Concord Museum||January 1, 2027|
|William Huyett||Library||January 1, 2028|
|Dennis Fiori||Select Board||April 30, 2023|
|Walter Clay||Planning Board||January 1, 2024|
|Temporarily vacant||Natural Resources||January 1, 2025|
Historic Districts Commission Charge
The Historic Districts Commission is charged with determining the appropriateness of exterior architectural features of buildings and structures to be erected within the historic districts wherever such features are subject to view from a public street, way or place; the appropriateness of changes in exterior color features of buildings and structures within the historic districts wherever such features are subject to view from a public street, way or place; the demolition or removal of any building or structure within the historic districts; the appropriateness of the erection or display of occupational, commercial or other signs and billboards within the historic districts.
Note: For more information about the Powers, Functions and Duties of the Commission, please see section 9 of Chapter 345 (The Historic Districts Act).
National Guidelines and Standards
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties - Technical Preservation Services (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties With Guidelines For Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Buildings (nps.gov)
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards, in particular the Standards for Rehabilitation, are intended as general guidance for work on all historic properties, are widely used, and have been adopted at the Federal, State and local levels.