Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

Overview

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is the city-appointed body tasked with administering the City’s review process by applying the standards of the Architectural and Site Design Standards Manual.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Historic Preservation Commission shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Stimulate revitalization of the business districts and historic neighborhoods and to protect and enhance local historic and aesthetic attractions to tourists and thereby promote and stimulate business
  • Enhance the opportunities for federal or state tax benefits under relevant provisions of federal or state law financing (by loan, grant, lease, borrow or otherwise) projects for the public good
  • Prepare and maintain an inventory of all property within the City of Norcross having the potential for designation as historic property
  • Recommend to the City Council specific districts, sites, buildings, structures, or objects to be designated by ordinance as historic properties or historic districts
  • Review application for certificates of appropriateness, and grant or deny same in accordance with the provisions of this UDO
  • Recommend to the City Council that the designation of any district, site, building, structure, or object as a property or as a historic district be revoked or removed
  • Restore or preserve any historic properties acquired by the city
  • Promote the use of facade easements and conservation easements, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Georgia Uniform Conservation Easement Act (O.C.G.A., § 44-10-1 et seq.)
  • Conduct educational programs on historic properties located within the city and on general historic preservation activities
  • Make such investigation and studies of matters relating to historic preservation, including consultation with historic preservation experts, the City Council or the HPC itself may, from time to time, deem necessary or appropriate for the purposes of preserving historic resources
  • Seek out local, state, federal or private funds for historic preservation and seek pre-approval from City Council for any grant request and make recommendations on the findings to the City Council concerning the most appropriate uses of any funds acquired
  • Consult with historic preservation experts in the Division of Historic Preservation of the Department of Natural Resources or its successor and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc.
  • Submit to the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources (or its successor) a list of historic properties of historic districts designated
  • Perform historic preservation activities as the official agency of the city historic preservation program
  • Employ persons, if necessary, to carry out the responsibilities of the HPC
  • Receive donations, grants, funds, or gifts of historic property and acquire and sell historic properties. The HPC shall not obligate the city without prior consent
  • Review and make comments to the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources concerning the nomination of properties within its jurisdiction to the National Register of Historic Places
  • Participate in private, state and federal historic preservation programs and with the consent of the City Council, enter into agreements to do the same

Meetings

HPC meetings are held as needed on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall 2nd floor conference room.

Agendas & Minutes 

Click below to view agendas and minutes. 
Agendas & Minutes

Members

HPC is a five-member board serving three-year terms. All members shall be residents of the city or the owner of a property in the historic district and a majority of the members shall be persons who have demonstrated special interest, experience or education in history, architecture or the preservation of historic resources. 

Members
Term Expirations

Gene Ramsay, Chair

January 4, 2024

Ashley Baumann 

January 4, 2024

Ashley Lyons

December 4, 2024

Pam Hopper

December 4, 2024

J.P. Maier

December 4, 2024


Contact Us

To contact the commission, you may send an email to hpc@norcrossga.net.

Lily Park, Staff Liaison
Sustainability & GIS Planner
Department of Community Development
lily.park@norcrossga.net