Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission consists of seven voting members and up to seven alternate members appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms. The Commission shall conduct research into places of historic value and shall seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.

The Commission may acquire by gift, purchase or otherwise, artifacts, books, paintings, and other materials of historic value and shall provide a proper place for the storage and display of any such materials. The Commission may recommend the certification of places of interest as historical landmarks to the Town Meeting for the purpose of protecting and preserving such places. The Commission may acquire in the name of the Town by gift, purchase, grant, bequest, devise, lease or otherwise the fee or lesser interest in real or personal property of significant historical value and may manage the same. (MGL Ch. 40, Section 8D)

The Commission shall compile and maintain an inventory of the Town's historic assets; initiate and encourage activities to educate and to broaden community awareness of Northborough's historical heritage; work with individuals, public and private groups to promote preservation; encourage and support local historic districts; provide preservation information and guidance; maintain a close working relationship with the Northborough Historical Society; and solicit preservation funding from local, state and private agencies. Its mission is to identify, evaluate and preserve the historical heritage of the town of Northborough.

The Historic District Commission reviews any exterior changes that are proposed for houses located within the town’s historic districts. Please refer to the guideline and application form below.

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Diane Wackell (508) 393-5040