The next Historical Commission meeting is:
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
7:00 pm, Heald Rm
(tentative Wednesday, September 20, 2017)
The mission of the Historical Commission, which oversees the Historic District, is to preserve the distinctive architecture and rural nature established by the Town’s forebears. In 1969 the Historic District was established for this purpose, and to encourage compatibility with existing buildings when new buildings are planned within the Historic District.
The Commission consists of five members and two alternate members appointed by the Selectmen to a term of three years. The composition of its membership is guided by Article IX of the Carlisle General Bylaws. Under a specific set of regulations and guidelines, the Commission deals with exterior architectural changes. The Commission is required by law to review the appropriateness of all exterior design changes, additions, new construction, and hardscape changes (paving and structures).
Homeowners within the Historic District are encouraged to informally consult with the Commission as they begin consideration of a change to their property. Any owner/resident within the District making the decision to change any part of his/her property that is “visible from a public way” must notify the Historic District Commission by filing an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness. Examples of work requiring an application include:
Any alterations, rebuilding, new construction, restoration, removal, demolition, hardscaping, fixtures or other changes that alter the exterior composition of the structure.
Links to the Historical Commission’s Rules and Regulations and the application form for a public hearing for a Certificate of Appropriateness are provided above. The Commission’s Administrative Assistant, Gretchen Caywood, can be reached at: 978-369-9702 (via the Planning Board office in Town Hall) if you have any questions.