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    December, 2017
        12-4-17   7:30 pm Historic Preservation Commission Mtg
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    Barbara Shanley, Chair
    Jack Bolan
    Randall V. Brewster
    Carol W. Greene - Township Historian
    Deborah L. Grob
    Anne Powley
    Constantine Vasiliadis
    Reshmee Cuman
    Ronald J. Wohlberg
    Yvonne Beatrice, Alternate I
    Karen Fasouletos, Alternate II
    Brian Chewcaskie, Esq., Township Attorney
    Denise Storms, Secretary
    dstorms@mahwahtwp.org

    KEY DOCUMENTS
    Permit Applications For Designated Structures
    Designated Sites
    Master Plan
    BCHSS Volume 1A
    BCHSS Volume 1B
    BCHSS Volume 2A
    BCHSS Volume 2B
    Mahwah Museum Society


    KEY LINKS
    Mahwah Heritage Awards
    Memories of Mahwah Holiday Ornaments
    Mahwah Historic Sites Brochure

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    The Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC) is appointed by the Township to safeguard the community's architectural, archaeological, scenic and cultural heritage by preserving, protecting, and conserving historic sites, structures, objects, roads, and cemeteries.  The Commission meets on the first Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

    The Township of Mahwah has had an Historic Preservation Ordinance for 23 years. The Mahwah Historic Sites Committee (HPSC) introduced the first Ordinance in 1978, and in 1981 several homes were designated as local historic sites. In 1990, the HPSC was re-named the Mahwah Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC), and the Ordinance was amended to conform to the Municipal Land Use Law. Nine years later the Ordinance was amended again, resulting in several changes to the list of designated-sites. In October 2001, the MHPC received word from the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office that it had been recognized as a Certified Local Government.

    In accordance with the Municipal Land Use Law, the 11 member board, appointed by the Mayor, is responsible for preparing and maintaining a survey of more that 300 historic sites, recommending the designation of historic sites to the Council and reviewing permit applications for designated structures. The MHPC also advises the Planning and Zoning Boards on all applications for development, including historic sites designated on the zoning or official map, (see Master Plan) or identified in any component element of the Master Plan and Bergen County Historic Sites Survey (BCHSS). Links to the BCHSS listing is are follows: BCHSS Volume IA; BCHSS Volume 1B; BCHSS Volume 2A; BCHSS Volume 2B.  In 2001, the MHPC received a $12,000 matching grant from Bergen County and the Township to supervise a restoration project of more than 40 historic gravestones. In 1994, the MHPC conducted a rescue dig at a site slated for development. The dig uncovered an Indian camp ground and 3,000 year old pottery shards. The MHPC is committed to educating residents about the benefits of preservation. Annually the Commission presents the Mahwah Heritage Month Awards, at a Township Council meeting, to recognize individuals and property owners who have contributed to the preservation of Mahwah's historic resources. Starting with the 1994 holiday season and continuing annually until 2003, the MHPC has offered for sale a holiday ornament decorated with a local artist's drawing of one of the Township's historic sites. These ornaments are available for sale at the Mahwah Museum. The MHPC has supervised the restoration of the Quackenbush barn spared from demolition and now relocated at Winter's Park. The MHPC also works closely with the Mahwah Museum Society by sponsoring preservation related workshops in the newly acquired Township Museum.




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