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P.O. Box 609
118 West Maple Street
Centralia, WA 98531
Phone: 360-330-7662
Fax: 360-330-7673
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
  Historic Preservation

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Historic Preservation

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

The major responsibility of the historic preservation commission is to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the city’s historic resources by initiating and maintaining a register of historic places and reviewing proposed changes to register properties; to raise community awareness of the city’s history and historic resources; and to serve as the city’s primary resource in matters of history, historic planning and preservation.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the historic preservation commission shall engage in the following:

1. Conduct and maintain a comprehensive inventory of historic resources within the boundaries of the city and known as Centralia’s historic inventory; publicize and periodically update inventory results. Properties listed on the inventory shall be recorded on official zoning records with an "HI" (for historic inventory designation). This designation shall not change or modify the underlying zone classification.
 

  • As part of the commission's mission to publicize and educate the community about our historic resources, one of their goals is to see the historic Fort Borst Blockhouse refurbished in Fort Borst Park. To view a photo album of the blockhouse, please click here.

2. Initiate and maintain the Centralia register of historic places. This official register shall be compiled of buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts identified by the commission as having historic significance worthy of recognition by the city and encouragement of efforts by owners to maintain, rehabilitate, and preserve properties.

3. Review nominations to the Centralia register of historic places according to criteria in CMC 2.58.040(A) and adopt standards in its rules to be used to guide this review.

4. Review proposals to construct, change, alter, modify, remodel, move, demolish, and significantly affect properties or districts on the register as provided in CMC 2.58.050 and adopt standards in its rules to be used to guide this review and the issuance of a certificate of appropriateness.

5. Provide for the review either by the commission or its staff of all applications for approvals, permits, environmental assessments or impact statements, and other similar documents pertaining to identified historic resources or adjacent properties.

6. Conduct all commission meetings in compliance with Chapter 42.30 RCW, Open Public Meetings Act, to provide for adequate public participation and adopt standards in its rules to guide this action.

7. Participate in, promote and conduct public information, educational and interpretive programs pertaining to historic resources.

8. Provide information to the public on methods of maintaining and rehabilitating historic properties. This may take the form of pamphlets, newsletters, workshops, or similar activities.

9. Officially recognize excellence in the rehabilitation of historic buildings, structures, sites and districts, and new construction in historic areas; and encourage appropriate measures for such recognition.

10. Be informed about and provide information to the public and city departments on incentives for preservation of historic resources including legislation, regulations and codes which encourage the use and adaptive reuse of historic properties.

11. Submit nominations to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

12. Investigate and report to the city council on the use of various federal, state, local or private funding sources available to promote historic resource preservation in the city.

13. Establish liaison support, communication and cooperation with federal, state, and other local government entities which will further historic preservation objectives, including public education, within the Centralia area.

14. Review and comment to the city council on land use, housing and redevelopment, municipal improvement and other types of planning and programs undertaken by any agency of the city, other neighboring communities, the county, the state or federal governments, as they relate to historic resources of the city.

15. Serve as the local review board for the purpose of approving applications for special property tax valuation per Chapter 84.26 RCW and Chapter 221, Laws of 1986, and entering into an agreement with the property owner for the duration of the special valuation during which time the review board monitors the property for continued qualification for the special valuation per requirements of Chapter 84.26 RCW and Chapter 221, Laws of 1986.

16. Advise the city council generally on matters of city history and historic preservation.

17. Perform other related functions assigned to the commission by the city council.

18. The commission shall adopt rules of procedure to address subsections (D)(3), (4) and (6) of this section.



 

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