The LHPC is a 5 member citizen committee that is responsible for ensuring that Lynden upholds its Historic Preservation Ordinance. The Commission is responsible for educating the public about the City’s historic resources, for maintaining the Lynden Register of Historic Places, and reviewing proposals for rehabilitation or changes to these Places.
The Commissioners are Mayor-appointed and confirmed by the City Council. They serve 3 year terms and must demonstrate a significant interest in local history and/or professional experience in the fields of history, anthropology, archaeology, architecture or related fields.
The Lynden Historic Preservation Commissioners:
Mark Bratt, Chair
Patti Leach, Vice-chair
City Staff: Dave Timmer, City Planner
The 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, provided for the establishment of a CLG program to encourage the direct participation of local governments in the identification, evaluation, registration, and preservation of historic properties within their jurisdictions and promote the integration of local preservation interests and concerns into local planning and decision-making processes. The CLG program is a partnership among local governments, the State of Washington Department of Archeaology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), and the National Park Service (NPS) which is responsible for administering the National Historic Preservation Program.
Specific CLG responsibilities:
- Review Register of Historic Places Nomination Applications
- Review Changes to Registered Properties (Certificate of Appropriateness – exemptions: maintenance, emergency repair)
- Review Special Valuation applications
- Public Outreach and Education (Brochures, Resource Information)
- Initiate Nominations
As a new CLG, Lynden has not officially added any structures to its Register. It will be soon.
Lynden will be adding nomination forms and application materials as the Commission approves of their format
Special Valuation Application
The City of Lynden has been awarded a grant from the Dept of Archaeology and Historic Preservation to perform a reconnaissance level survey of the city limits. This survey will help determine what historic resources exist within the city and what step can be taken to help preserve and restore them.
The City will issue and RFP for consultant services in October, 2017. The survey will begin in early 2018.