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:
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.
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:
The LHPC meets the first Tuesday of each month.
Meeting minutes may be found here.
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:
Integration of an addition or infill project with existing buildings or design elements.2015 Historic Preservation Awards