Historic Preservation Commission

Purpose:  Historic Preservation in St. Marys is guided by the Historic Preservation Commission which issues Certificates of Appropriateness for projects located within Historic St. Marys. It is the duty of the Historic Preservation Commission to preserve historic and/or architectural value; enhance the Town's historic attractions to tourists; consider the appropriateness of any new alteration, additions, demolition or exterior changes visable to public right-of-way and compatibility to design with the Historic District (including signs); and to approve or deny certificates of appropriateness on a case-by-case basis.  Certificate of Appropriateness Application.

                                                                                        Current Commission Members

            Term Appointment            Term Expiration   
Kay Westberry (Chair)           07/12/2010            12/31/2016   
Chris Thurner           01/18/2011            12/31/2016   
  Heidi Benz            01/05/2015            12/31/2017   
Peggy Trader*            03/21/2016            12/31/2017  
Julia Banks           02/06/2017              
Fred Mercier           02/06/2017              
Monty Baus           02/08/2017              
                   * Appointed to fill an unexpired term.   

Meetings:  The Historic Preservation Commission meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  The meetings are open to the public and are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  It is anticipated that appointed members will attend the majority of regular scheduled meetings and if unable to attend, will notify the chair in advance of the meeting.

Interested in Serving:  If you are interested in serving, it is suggested that you attend at least one meeting in order to have a better understanding of the function of the board.  Appointed members of all citizen boards are required to atten Open Records  Open Meetings training provided by the City Clerk.  In addition, Historic Presevation Commission Board members are required to be full-time residents of the City of St. Marys for a continuous period in excess of one year and have a demonstrated special interest, experience or education in history, architecture or the preservation of historic resources.

More Information:  Please contact Michele Wood at (912) 510-4025.

HPC Ordinance Draft now Available
All, the draft for the Historical Preservation Chapter 62 Ordinance Amendment is now available for public viewing right here. Feel free to leave on a comment on our Facebook page about it or contact our department by phone or E-mail.

Historic Preservation ReClassification

The Historic Preservation Commission begins reclassification of the Historic District Properties this evening, September 20, at 5:30 PM, at City Hall. All are invited to participate in this discussion, which will continue over the next couple of months. On the map below you will find a list of the recommended classifications for the property, starting with the 1986 study, followed by the 2001 study and concluding with the current (2016) recommendations. The map represents a draft of the recommendations that will be considered over the coming meetings.  If you can't make the meeting but have thoughts or questions please contact the Community Development Department.