The Carroll County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was created pursuant to Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Zoning Ordinance of the Carroll County Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances. The HPC hears applications for work permits within the Historic District Overlay prior to the construction, alteration, reconstruction, repair, moving or demolition of any property within the Historic District Overlay that involves exterior changes which would affect the historic, archaeological, or architectural significance of the property, such as repairs, additions, new construction, fencing, and removal of trees. Additionally, the HPC is required to maintain and update the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties for Carroll County; review petitions for designation as a historic site, structure or district; and review applications for conditional uses and variances for properties located within the Historic District Overlay. The HPC conducts informal hearings on applications for work permits during which applicants explain the nature of their project and submit plans, examples, or photographs in support of the applications. The HPC bases its decision on the application and any attachments thereto, and any information provided at the hearing.
The five members of the HPC are appointed by the Commissioners of Carroll County and serve staggered three-year terms. An alternate member is also appointed to a one-year term to serve when a member is absent.
- Matthew B. Rohde, Chair
- Carlos Wharry, Jr.
- Edwin Gregg
- Jonathan Gibson
- Taylor L. Schmitz, Alternate
The HPC is assisted by the following County staff:
- Jo Vance, Administrative Hearings Coordinator
The HPC typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in Room 003 in the Carroll County
Office Building at 7:00 p.m. In order to be placed on the agenda, an applicant must submit an application at least 10
days prior to the next HPC meeting. An HPC hearing is relatively informal. For each application, the HPC considers
the significance of the structure, the relationship of the structure's exterior features to the remainder of the
structure and to the surrounding area, the general compatibility of the proposed materials, and any other pertinent
factors. Also, the HPC relies heavily upon the HPC's Design Guidelines when considering applications.