The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) provides advice to Howard County agencies, Boards, Commissions, and property owners regarding historic sites and historic districts and is the steward of the historic preservation plan. It determines if exterior changes to a local historic district or historic structure comply with local plans and issues certificates of approval for all exterior changes, such as, new construction, historic building relocation, demolition, repair or alteration of any structure and other changes that impact the appearance of a historic district or site. The Commission also assists with identifying historic resources on sites and provides advice regarding the design of development.

March 2, 2023 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Information

Meeting Information

The Commission will conduct their regular March meeting as a virtual meeting on March 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm, where the public is invited to speak on the agenda items. 

The Historic Preservation Commission meeting on March 2, 2023 at 7:00 pm will be a WebEx meeting only. If you would like to testify, you must pre-register so you can be identified during the WebEx meeting.  Please see the “Providing Testimony” tab for additional instructions.


Registering or Joining by Telephone

Registering for the Meeting:

Join the meeting via computer: If you would like to join the meeting through your computer to view and hear the presentations, you will need to register. Once registered, further instructions and a call-in attendee number will be provided via email.

Register Here:


Join the meeting via telephone only: If you only want to listen to the meeting and are not providing testimony call 1-650-479-3207 at the meeting time. When prompted, insert 2305 443 7434 as the event access code.



Providing Testimony

Providing testimony:

Oral Testimony - Those who wish to provide oral testimony are required to sign up online by noon on March 2, 2023. Please follow the instructions for registering on the “Registering” tab, where there will be an option to sign-up to testify. After you register through WebEx, please email [email protected] by noon on March 2 with the case information that you wish to testify on. Per HPC Rule of Procedure 102.B, only those parties who registered in advance of the March 2, 2023 meeting may participate in the proceedings by asking questions and giving testimony.  

Submitting Documentary Evidence

Documentary Evidence – Documentary evidence must be submitted by noon on March 2. All documents must be submitted in a pdf format to [email protected] (please contact HPC staff at [email protected] for questions/assistance). Anyone submitting evidence must participate in the virtual meeting and present the evidence or it will not be incorporated into the record.

Current Agenda/Staff Report & Exhibits

March 2, 2023 Agenda



Minor Alteration Determinations

The Executive Secretary has determined that the following applications are considered minor alterations and do not require a Certificate of Approval from the Commission. Each application will be posted on this website for 5 days.

If any member of the public, or any member of the Historic Preservation Commission, objects to a determination below, please email the Executive Secretary at [email protected] within the 5 days of posting. Any application that is subject to an objection will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission at the next regularly scheduled meeting for which legal advertising obligations have been met. More information on the Minor Alteration Process can be found here: Minor Alterations Code

Current Applications for Minor Alterations and Tax Credit Pre-Approval:

There are currently no applications.



Application Submissions

The Department has established new procedures to streamline the processing of Historic Preservation Commission applications. Please review the Application Submission Procedures to ensure your application is properly submitted and can therefore be reviewed by the Commission.

Review the Application Submission Procedures here

Additional Information
Meeting Schedule & Application Deadlines


2023 HPC Meeting and Deadline Schedule

If you have an emergency, please contact Samantha Holmes at 410-313-2350 or [email protected].*

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Download printable schedule for 2023

Link to main Historic Preservation page.

Design Guidelines
Rules of Procedure

View the Commission's Rules of Procedure: Rules of Procedure

Application Forms

The Historic Preservation Commission reviews several types of applications, including applications for Certificates of Approval to make exterior alterations to properties within a local historic district, applications for Historic Property Tax Credits and applications for Advisory Comments to properties under going subdivision or site development plans that contain a historic property.  

Past Meetings

2022 Meetings

Minutes Decisions and Orders


Decision and Orders
March Decision and Orders
April Decision and Orders
May Decision and Orders
June There were no Decision and Orders.
July Decision and Orders
August Decision and Orders
September  Decision and Orders
October There were no Decision and Orders.
November Decision and Orders
December There were no Decision and Orders

Previous Years Minutes

2021 Minutes - January to June
2021 Minutes - July to December
2020 Minutes - February to June
2020 Minutes - July to December
2019 Minutes
2018 Minutes
2017 Minutes
2016 Minutes
2015 Minutes
2014 Minutes
2013 Minutes


HPC-21-38 and HPC-21-39 Staff Report, Applications and Application Documents 

October 7 Agenda

HPC-21-38 Staff Report Addendum

HPC-21-38 – 8085 Main Street, 8095 Main Street, 8109-8111 Main Street, 8113 Main Street -  Application for Certificate of Approval

HPC-21-39 – 8081 Main Street, 8085 Main Street, 8095 Main Street, 8109-8113 Main Street, 8125 Main Street, 376 St. Paul Street - Application for Advisory Comments

HPC-21-39 - Advisory Additional Information (revised 10/1/2021)

Appendix A Presentation  (revised 10/1/2021 - includes original and revised slides)

Appendix A Revised Slides only (revised 10/1/2021)

Appendix A Presentation (original submission)

Appendix B-1 – 8085 Main Street Demo Package

Appendix B-2 – 8095 Main Street Demo Package

Appendix B-3 – 8111-8113 Main Street Demo Package

Appendix C – Historic Preservation and Mitigation Docs

Appendix D-1 – 8085 Main Street LIDAR

Appendix D-2 – 8095 Main Street LIDAR

Appendix D-3 – 8109-8113 Main Street LIDAR


HPC-20-83 Agenda/Staff Report, Application and Protestant's Proposed Exhibits

County Architectural Historian Salvage Response

March 11, 2021 Agenda

February 11, 2021 Agenda

January 14, 2021 Agenda

December 3 HPC Agenda     

Staff Report Addendum for case HPC 20-83


HPC-20-83 Application Documents - (8049, 8055, 8059, 8061 (Tiber Park) and 8069 Main Street; Vicinity of Maryland Avenue and Main Street; Vicinity of 3711 Maryland Avenue along Patapsco River, Ellicott City):

Certificate of Approval application form

Attachment A – MD Ave Culverts

Atttachment A (revised) - MD Ave Culvert (revised 12/1/20)

Attachment B – MD Ave HPC Plan set combined

Attachment C – Ellicott City Salvage Materials

Attachment D – 8049 Main Street

Attachment E – 8055 Main Street

Attachment F – 8059 Main Street

Attachment G – 8069 Main Street

Attachment H – 8049 Main Street Lidar

Attachment I – 8055 Main Street Lidar

Attachment J – 8059 Main Street Lidar

Attachment K – 8069 Main Street Lidar

Attachment L – HPC Flow Depths Comparison

Attachment M – HPC Flow Velocity Comparison

Attachment N - Product Data

Attachment P - Master Plan and Renders

Attachment Q - Channel Wall Images


HPC-20-83 Protestant's Proposed Exhibits (marked for identification purposes only)

01_Killen_Exhibit 1_written testimony

02_Hurewitz_Exhibit 2_Water Street Bridge Grate

03_Hurewitz_Exhibit 3_Patapsco Bridge Contours

04_Hurewitz_Exhibit 4_2018 Flood Water Trapped by Wall and Bridge

05_Hurewitz_Exhibit 5_Patapsco Bridge Curved Elevations

06_Hurewitz_Exhibit 6_Testimony HPC 2020-12-03

07_Hurewitz_Exhibit 7_Cairo Illinois Flood Gate

08_Hurewitz_Exhibit 8_Images from November 2020 Agenda

09_Preservation Howard County_Exhibit 9_Testimony to HPC 12-03-2020

10_Hurewitz_Exhibit 10_ Joel Hurewitz December 18 Response

11_Hurewitz_Exhibit 11_Joel Hurewitz December 10 and 11 Response

12_Hurewitz Exhibit 12_Joel Hurewitz February 2 PIA Response

13_Hurewitz Exhibit 13_8049 Portion Over Channel


Board Members
  • Erica Zoren, Chair
  • Bruno Reich, Vice-Chair
  • Julianne Danna
  • Ellen Flynn Giles
Staff Contact

Samantha Holmes, Department of Planning and Zoning


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