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Forming and Managing Historic Commissions

Note: This session is part of a three-part series for local governments, entitled "Lessons for Local Governments." Register for all three and save over 20% on the series. AIA and AICP continuing education credits will be available. Creating a historic preservation board or commission can be a challenging task.  Managing the mission, personalities, and issues behind it is even more challenging!  This 90-minute webinar will explore the steps necessary to establish a historic preservation board or commission; discuss the recommended composition of its members; its level of authority and relationship to other boards or commissions; and will provide guidance on maintenance activities including member education, annual reporting, staff support and education, and public outreach and communication.

Learning Objectives

  1. Take the steps necessary before establishing a historic preservation board or commission
  2. Efficiently manage and prioritize the issues associated with a historic preservation board or commisssion
  3. Use tools to streamline board member education, reporting, public outreach, and communication
  4. Visualize the interaction and chain of command that a historic preservation commission has with other commissions, city staff, and  the general public

Documents and Downloads

Forming and Managing Historic Commissions - Handout


  • Tim Frye, City & County of San Francisco Planning Department Preservation Division
  • Lynnette Tessitore-Lopez, Historic Preservation Program Manager, City of Chula Vista
  • Wade Broadhead, Planning & Development Director at City of Florence Colorado.