Plymouth Township Now Accepting Applications For Historic Districts

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At its September 27th meeting, the newly-formed Township Historic District Commission formally approved an application form enabling property owners located in Plymouth Township to seek designation of their properties as historic resources.

Adoption of the 1-page form will now enable the Commission to consider applications from property owners seeking recognition of the community heritage embodied in their homes and structures. Studies show that historic designation also benefits property values, besides preserving important community assets.

There is no cost or fee for submitting the application, which is available as a PDF on the Township’s web site at www.plymouthtwp.org.

The mission of the seven-member Historic District Commission is to educate the community about Plymouth Township’s rich history through its historic structures, to promote the benefits of historic preservation, and protect the historic districts designated within Plymouth Township. The program is voluntary and open to all types of structures.

“We are excited to offer this voluntary program to any property owner in Plymouth Township who may own structures that have architectural or historical significance” said Wendy Harless, Chairperson of the Commission. “We know the Township is home to some very historically important sites, but we don’t want to limit this program to just homes. We would also like to recognize resources such as historic cemeteries, landscapes and commercial buildings. We look forward to receiving applications and working with residents to give some much deserved recognition to the heritage of Plymouth Township.”

“Creation of the Historic District Commission was a result of community feedback gained through the Township’s Citizens’ Advisory Council in 2017,” said Supervisor Kurt Heise.  “We already have property owners who we believe would qualify for this historic designation, and we are eager to have them apply.”

Township Trustee Jack Dempsey, who is also a local historian and author, also serves on the Commission.  “The work being done by these volunteers will help preserve the heritage and history of the Plymouth Community, ensuring that future generations will learn and appreciate the rich culture that makes Plymouth such a great place to live,” he added.

For more information, contact: Plymouth Township Planning Consultant Laura Haw at planning@plymouthtwp.org.