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Historic Preservation Commission

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Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission

“The purpose of this Ordinance is to promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the City through the preservation of the historic building, structures, places, and districts, to develop and maintain appropriate settings for such resources and to document and promote the public enjoyment of such resources which impart a distinct aspect of the City and which serve as visible reminders of the historical and cultural heritage of the City, the State, and the Nation.”

The Historic Preservation Commission will hold all meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted and will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Plainfield City Hall Library (515 Watchung Avenue).

HPC Meeting Schedule 2024
HPC Meeting Schedule 2023

About the Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission

In 1979, spearheaded by citizen activists and neighborhood associations, the Plainfield City Council enacted its first historic preservation ordinance, and in 1980 established a Historic Review Committee to guide the City’s historic preservation policies and programs. By 1981 the first four historic districts had been designated – Crescent Area, Hillside, North Avenue, and Van Wyck Brooks. These districts also were successfully nominated to the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places. The historic preservation ordinance was revised and strengthened in 1986 and 2002 to create the current Historic Preservation Commission.

Members of the Historic Preservation Commission are City residents appointed by the Mayor of Plainfield and confirmed by the City Council.

The Historic Preservation Commission serves to identify and protect Plainfield’s historic homes, religious and commercial buildings, historic sites, and entire districts throughout the city. Historic preservation helps strengthen the connection to the community's past and creates a distinctive environment and sense of place for our community. The Commission intends to foster civic pride in the accomplishments of Plainfield’s past, promote the use of historic districts and landmarks for the educational, cultural, and recreational welfare of its residents, and help to ensure the harmonious and efficient growth of the City.

Historic preservation designation helps to support the local economy by promoting tourism and encouraging investment, which results in revitalizing neighborhoods and stabilizing, and in many instances even increasing, property values. Buyers know that the qualities that make a particular area attractive will be protected over time. Real estate agents use historic district status as a marketing tool to sell properties. 
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