What is the Historic Preservation Commission or HPC?

The Historic Preservation Commission or HPC consists of seven volunteer members that are appointed by the County Executive. Each HPC member possesses a demonstrated interest, specific knowledge, or professional or academic training in the fields of history, architectural history, architecture, planning, archaeology, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban design, or related disciplines. The HPC is staffed by the County’s Historic Preservation Planner, who provides technical assistance and serves as a liaison between County departments and the HPC.  The HPC recommends Harford County properties for inclusion on Historic Landmarks List, considers petitions for Landmark Historic Districts, reviews proposals for exterior alterations to designated County Historic Landmarks, and advises the County Executive on the protection, enhancement and perpetuation of historic resources that are significant in Harford County’s historic and cultural heritage.

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1. What are the benefits of a Harford County Historic Landmark Designation?
2. Can my property be a Harford County Historic Landmark?
3. How does a property become a designated County Historic Landmark (HCHL)?
4. What is the Historic Preservation Commission or HPC?
5. Can a Harford County Historic Landmark be changed?
6. How does the HPC review projects?
7. What is the Secretary of the interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties?
8. What are the Standards for Rehabilitation?
9. What kinds of projects have been approved?
10. What are some examples of projects that would not be approved?