Historic Preservation Commission

Current Agenda

Usual Meeting Dates & Times


3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting Location


Council Chambers, Weatherford City Hall, 303 Palo Pinto Street


Powers & Duties


  • The historic preservation commission has the following powers and duties: 
  • Adopt rules and procedures, subject to the approval of the city council; 
  • Familiarize itself thoroughly with the structures, land, areas, and districts within the city that may be eligible for designation as a historic district, neighborhood or area; 
  • Establish criteria, standards and procedures for designation of a historic district, neighborhood or area; 
  • Recommend designation of a historic district, neighborhood or area; 
  • Develop a preservation plan, update the plan annually, and present the plan to the planning and zoning commission and the city council. The preservation plan shall include: 1: Identification of places and areas of historical, cultural, architectural, or archaeological value along with factual verification of their importance and significance; 2. Suggested program for private and public action to promote the preservation of historic structures and districts; 3. Identification of sources of funds, including federal, state, and local governments, corporations and private foundations, for preservation and restoration activities and for acquisitions; 
  • Conduct and administer historic resource surveys; 
  • Prepare and promote design guidelines for a historic district, neighborhood or area; 
  • Develop and adopt guidelines, where applicable, and review procedures to be used in determining whether to grant or deny initiated designation certificates of appropriateness, certificates of appropriateness, or certificates for demolition or removal; 
  • Recommend tax or other financial incentives to encourage preservation of historic resources; 
  • Recommend to the city council that certain places and areas which cannot be preserved without acquisition, be acquired in fee simple or in some lesser degree by gift or purchase; 
  • Recommend acceptance or rejection of donations of preservation easements; 
  • Recommend changes in use where conditions exist under which the required preservation of a property subject to the initiated designation or a historic structure would cause undue hardship to the owner of the property; 
  • Review applications, where applicable, and grant or deny certificates of appropriateness for proposed work and design on a property subject to the initiated designation or a historic structure; 
  • Review applications, where applicable, and grant or deny certificates of demolition or removal of a structure on a property subject to the initiated designation or a historic structure; 
  • Initiate, when appropriate, the procedure for adopting an ordinance to establish or amend a historic district, neighborhood or area or remove such district; 
  • Establish committees and task forces as needed to make recommendations to the historic preservation commission on applications for certificates of appropriateness, certificates of demolition or removal, and other issues; 
  • Identify cases of demolition by neglect and initiate remedial actions; 
  • Develop public outreach/education/awareness programs; 
  • Review and make recommendations on zoning amendments and comprehensive plans relating to historic preservation; 
  • Review and make recommendations on the decisions and documents (including any environmental assessments, reports, and/or environmental impact statements) of other public agencies when such decisions or documents may affect historical overlay districts or potential historical overlay districts in the city; and 
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the city council or created by state law, the City's Charter, or an ordinance.

Contact


Craig Farmer
Email
817-598-4338