PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield’s Historic Preservation Commission may vote approval in August to expand two historic districts.

Commissioners have met with property owners in the Van Wyck Brooks and Netherwood Heights districts and held a town meeting to explain the proposed expansions. At its Aug. 28 meeting, the HPC expects to vote on the expansions. Vice-Chairman Lawrence T. Quirk said Tuesday the expansions require approvals by the HPC, the Planning Board and the City Council and before each vote, the public will have a say.

The proposed expansions affect more than 200 properties. Each one was studied and documented in a report by preservationist Barton Ross. The report, described as about three inches thick, is available for review in the Planning Division office on the second floor of City Hall, 515 Watchung Ave., during regular business hours.

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As noted by HPC Chairman William Michelson in May, “What the ordinance requires is that more than half of the property owners would have to opt out by petition, to preclude being added to the historic district.  Since these are expansions around the edges of the current districts, if such petitions are submitted, we will have to attempt a common-sense approach to such a result."

Quirk, who led the July meeting in Michelson’s absence, said if the expansion takes place it will not affect current property conditions. The need for a property owner to seek a “Certificate of Appropriateness” from the HPC is triggered by proposed visible exterior changes to a home or structure.

The city website has a wealth of information on historic preservation, including Design Guidelines​, in English and Spanish.

Repairs or renovations to historic homes must meet the guidelines and replace “like with like,” such as wood versus vinyl.

Link to Nov. 14, 2017 post:

Link to city website for "Working With the Plainfield Historic Commission"

The HPC’s meeting on Aug. 28 will be held at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave.