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 September 2015**

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


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


Historic Preservation Commission FY 2016-2017 Meeting Schedule:

Please Note: There will be an emergency HPC meeting on July 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., 305 Gay Street, Cambridge, MD. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Division for more information.

Scheduled Meeting Date Submission Deadline
July 21, 2016 June 24, 2016
August 18, 2016 July 29, 2016
September 15, 2016 August 26, 2016
October 20, 2016 September 23, 2016
November 17, 2016 October 28, 2016
December 15, 2016 November 25, 2016*
January 19, 2017 December 23, 2016*
February 16, 2017 January 27, 2017
March 16, 2017 February 24, 2017
April 20, 2017 March 24, 2017
May 18, 2017 April 28, 2017
June 15, 2017 May 26, 2017
July 20, 2017 June 23, 2017
* Office closed for holiday




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