of the City of Des Moines
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Historic Preservation Commission
Reviews and acts upon all applications for certificates of appropriateness; reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on proposals for designation of historic districts, amendments to boundaries of existing historic districts, and repeal of existing historic districts; cooperates with property owners and City agencies and departments to develop preservation solutions and plans; furthers the historic preservation efforts in the city; makes recommendations for the listing of a historical district or site in the National Register of Historic Places.
GENDER BALANCE REQUIRED - Six at-large members and two residents from each designated historic district. At the time of their appointment, each member shall have a demonstrated interest in historic preservation. Within one year of their initial appointment, each person shall attend at least one training seminar providing training on the duties of a local historic preservation review commission. Each member of the City Council may recommend a candidate to fill one of the at-large positions on the commission. The mayor may recommend candidates to fill each of the positions to be held by a resident of a designated historic district.
Each of the at-large members shall have at least one of the following professional qualifications: architect, urban planner, structural or civil engineer, historian, sociologist, real estate broker, or builder.
Membership Term Information
- Municipal Services Center / Floor City Council Chambers - Room: Second floor
- 1551 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway
- Des Moines, Iowa 50317
- Jason VanEssen 283-4147
- Michael Ludwig 283-4810