How does the HPC review projects?

The details of COA applications will, of course, vary from landmark to landmark, but the HPC does try diligently to balance its responsibility for adhering to proper standards with accommodating the owners’ preferences. 

As in most jurisdictions throughout the United States and Maryland with local historic preservation programs, Harford County uses the publication issued by the National Park Service entitled The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Projects submitted for approval by the Historic Preservation Commission typically fall within the chapter of the publication dealing with "Standards for Rehabilitation." These are broadly worded guidelines that focus on rehabilitation and repair.  All proposed work must follow these standards.

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1. What are the benefits of a Harford County Historic Landmark Designation?
2. Can my property be a Harford County Historic Landmark?
3. How does a property become a designated County Historic Landmark (HCHL)?
4. What is the Historic Preservation Commission or HPC?
5. Can a Harford County Historic Landmark be changed?
6. How does the HPC review projects?
7. What is the Secretary of the interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties?
8. What are the Standards for Rehabilitation?
9. What kinds of projects have been approved?
10. What are some examples of projects that would not be approved?