Historical District Cambridge, Maryland

By statue, the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) has as its basic purpose the preservation of sites, structures, and districts of historical, cultural, archaeological, architectural significance together with their appurtenances and environmental settings. It is charged with implementing Cambridge's Historic Overlay Zoning (adopted as Ordinance 814 and amended to the Zoning Code in 2003 per Article IX, Part VI, Section 185-196).
The Commission's mandate is to safeguard Cambridge's heritage and its broadly visible waterfront within the Historic District. To accomplish this task the HPC is required to review and issue Certificates of Appropriateness (COA's) for all exterior alterations to property in the historic district, including alterations that cannot be seen from the street or water based on Guidelines adopted by the City. This includes restoration, rehabilitation, new construction, renovations, and major landscaping as well as replacing building components, such as roofs, doors, windows, porches, railings, and curb cuts. The Commission does not review paint color.
The Historic Preservation Commission consists of five members and one alternate appointed by the City Council. A majority of the members shall be City residents. Appointees must possess professional or academic qualifications or, have a demonstrated special interest in historic preservation through training, education, employment, experience or membership in a related organization.

The current commission members are:
Commissioner
Term Expiration
Sharon Smith August 31, 2017
Janice Olshesky, Alternate August 31, 2018
Susan Morgan August 31, 2018
George Vojtech August 31, 2019
Ron Berman August 31, 2019
Herschel Johnson August 31, 2019

The Commission meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:00PM in the City Council Chambers located at 305 Gay Street.

**NEW July 2017**

Effective immediately, there is a new HPC application form,  available here


"Citizens are encouraged to complete and return this HPC Questionnaire"


Historic Preservation Commission FY 2017-2018 Meeting Schedule:




The Department of Public Works provides staff support to the Commission and can assist property owners within the District for the application of COA's. In addition, staff administers and enforces Historic Overlay zoning, issues building permits and responds to property code violations.

For information on the application process, deadlines for submission or meeting schedules or to report a violation, call the Cambridge Planning Office (410) 228-1955.
Staff: LaSara Kinser, Planning Assistant