Wildfires: Information and Community Resources


Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Review

The Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission (LHPC) is designated as the approving authority for Class 'C' Historic Review applications in H Overlay zones.

The authority of the LHPC is defined in the Medford Land Development Code, Section 10.136.

Examples of historic review include:

  1. Historic Preservation Overlay Changes;
  2. Exterior Alterations and/or New Construction Review;
  3. Demolition and/or Relocation Review; and
  4. Consideration of Appeals of Minor Historic Review Decisions.


In 1986, the Medford City Council established the Historic Overlay District to protect, enhance, and perpetuate historic structures or districts of special historic value. The Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission (LHPC) was also established at this time, with the charge of reviewing proposals for exterior changes to historic properties and sites.

In 2009, the National Parks Service and State Historic Preservation Office recognized the City of Medford as a Certified Local Government (CLG) for Historic Preservation. CLG status gave the City access to federal matching grants for historic preservation.

In 2010, the City of Medford received its first matching grant for historic preservation. With the funds, the city has produced two brochures for the public and offered an educational outreach seminar in May 2011 for all residents of historic districts.

Historic Review Guidelines

The LHPC adopted three sets of guidelines to assist people as they plan changes to the exteriors of structures in the historic districts.

These guidelines cover the following:

  1. Paint and Roofing;
  2. New Construction; and
  3. Signs within the Downtown Historic District.

Meeting Minutes

The LHPC meets the first Tuesday of each month.
Meeting minutes may be found here.

Historic Preservation Awards

Nearly every year, the LHPC presents Historic Preservation Awards for renovation projects that demonstrate design excellence.

These projects exhibit sensitivity to historic context in the following areas:

  1. Adaptive re-use of a commercial or industrial building;
  2. Design of a sign or building;
  3. Preservation of existing signs or buildings;
  4. Restoration or reconstruction of design elements that had been compromised in the past;
  5. Historical accuracy of additional design elements; and

Integration of an addition or infill project with existing buildings or design elements.2015 Historic Preservation Awards

Link to Medford History page

Additional Department Information

Planning Department Contacts

200 South Ivy Street, Lausmann Annex, Room 240
Medford, Oregon 97501
Phone: 541-774-2380
Fax: 541-618-1708
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

© 2020 City Of Medford  •  Site Handcrafted in Ashland, Oregon by Project A


Share This Page

Back to Top