Town of Durham, CT

Town of Durham, CT Town of Durham, CT
Town of Durham, CT Town of Durham, CT

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Historic District Commission  

 Letter from the Chairman

Authority:              

On June 25, 1973, voters of the town of Durham adopted the Durham Town Ordinance creating a Historic District and Historic District Commission.  The Board's authority is also derived from Section 7 – 147a  - 7-1471 inclusive of the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut and Public Act 430, and Section 6-20 of the Town Charter.

Powers and
Duties
:

To   promote   the   educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the Town of Durham and others through the preservation and protection of buildings and places of historic interest and through the development of appropriate settings for such buildings and places in accordance with Section 7-147a – 7-1471 inclusive of the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut, Public Act 430 and the Town Ordinance.

The Commission's powers basically are as follows: no building, structure i.e. detached auxiliary building, sign, fence, wall, above-ground utility structure, swimming pool, or external lighting for same, or parking area shall be erected, altered, restored, removed or demolished with the District until after an Application for Certificate of Appropriateness (APCOA) has been submitted to the Commission and approved. Such approval will be made known by the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) by the Commission. Each APCOA shall have a Public Hearing prior to deliberation by the Commission. The Commission cannot consider interior arrangement, usage, or the color of exterior paint.

In its deliberations the Commission will consider the exterior architectural features open to view from the public street, way or place. In passing on the appropriateness of external changes to a building or structure, the Commission will consider, in addition to any other pertinent factors, the historical and architectural value and significance, architectural style, general design, arrangement, texture and material of the architectural features involved (such as siding and roofing materials), and the relationship to other buildings or structures in the immediate neighborhood. The style, material and location of signs within the District must be approved by the Commission. 

Printed
Regulations
:

Town Proceedings November 1969 to July 1973, General Statues of the State of Connecticut (1963 supplement) as amended.

Appointing Authority:    Members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
Term of Office:   

5 years, except that an appointment to fill an unexpired term will end when that term expires. Alternates are elected to 3-year terms. 

Constitution of Board/Quorum:        

All appointments shall be made by the board of selectmen and shall be for a term of five (5) years each except that an appointment to fill an unexpired term shall be for the duration of such unexpired term only. At all times at least three (3) members and two (2) alternate members of the commission shall be residents within the Durham Historic District. Members and alternate members shall be electors of the town holding no salaried town office.

5 members, and 3 alternates   Members and alternate members must be electors of the Town of Durham.  The members elect a chairman, vice-chairman and clerk.    The presence of four members constitutes a quorum.

History:  

On February 2, 1970 at a special town meeting, electors of the Town of Durham voted on the question "Are you in favor of adoption of an historic district ordinance as proposed and recommended in the final report submitted by the Durham Historic District Study Committee on January 26, 1970?"  The electors failed to adopt the ordinance in 1970, and the new report came before them again in 1973.  On May 14, 1973, at a Special Town Meeting, electors accepted the report of the Historic District Study Committee and enacted an ordinance to carry out the provisions of the State Legislature's enabling Acts in such matters.  On June 25, 1973 the electors passed the Historic District Ordinance Referendum, which created a Historic District and a Historic District Commission for the Town of Durham effective July 17, 1973. 

Current Board Members

IN DISTRICT:

Norm Jason, R, 2010

Duncan Milne, R, 2011, Chairman

Susan Woodson, R, 2010

 

OUT OF DISTRICT:

Gordon Wolfgang, R, 2014

Diana McCain, D, 2013

 

Alternates:

Linda Bertelsen, R, 2013 in district

Ona McLaughlin, D, 2014, in district

George (Chip) Williams, R, 2010, out of district

 

 

Historic District Commission Meeting,
following are the meeting dates for 2010:

 2010 Meeting Schedule

 January 4, 2010

 February 1, 2010

 March 1, 2010

 April 5, 2010

 May 3, 2010

June 7, 2010

July 5, 2010

August 2, 2010

September 13, 2010

October 4, 2010

November 1, 2010

December 6, 2010

 

 Application Process

APCOA  forms are available in the Town Hall at the Town Clerk's Office.  An APCOA  must be submitted to the Commission Chairman at least fifteen days prior to the date of the next regularly scheduled meeting to allow publication of the Legal Notice for a Public Hearing.  Applications must be accompanied by drawings, showing the nature of the work to be performed as well as a list of materials to be used.  Completed applications should be delivered to the Town Clerk's office, or mailed to Chairman, Historic District Commission, P.O. Box 428, Durham, CT 06422. Click here to download APCOA form.

Preapplication Conference

In the interest of facilitating the process for property owners, prospective applicants are invited to confer with the Commission as a body prior to submission of a formal application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.   Such meetings are informal in nature, and are limited to clarifying the Commission's authority under existing statute and ordinance, its rules and procedures, an its formally adopted design guidelines, if any.  No action may be taken at the preapplication stage. 

APCOAS are not required for maintenance or repair work which does not involve a change of existing design, exterior materials, outward appearance or the installation of temporary signs permitted by the Durham Zoning Regulations.

Questions?
If you have a question concerning whether an APCOA is required, contact the Commission Chairman,

Agendas and Minutes

 


Last Modified: 4/13/2010 4:02:21 PM
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