Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission generally meets on the third Monday of each month, for a list of upcoming and past agendas, click here. The Historic District Commission is guided by 5 principles that are focused on preserving the history and beautifying the City of Jackson.

  • To safeguard the heritage of the city by preserving a historic district, including areas, sites, landmarks, buildings, structures, objects, resources, and works of art which reflect elements of Jackson’s cultural, social, economic, political and/or architectural history
  • To stabilize and improve property values in the historic district
  • To foster civic beauty
  • To strengthen the local economy
  • To promote the use of the historic district for the education, pleasure, and welfare of Jackson citizens and the State of Michigan

Historic Property Renovations

All historic district property owners must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the HDC in order to make external renovations prior to applying for city permits.

 
Check if your property is in a historic district


Projects that Require HDC Review

  • Replacing roofing, flashing, or gutters
  • Replacing or installing siding
  • Installing new or replacement windows
  • Reconstructing areas of masonry walls, chimneys, floors, etc.
  • Reconstructing all or part of a porch
  • Installing any new exterior doors (other than storm doors), such as garage doors or security doors
  • Installing or replacing signage, including awnings
  • Cleaning the building
  • Demolishing all or part of a building, including garages

Members

Members of the Historic District Commission are chosen by the mayor of Jackson and are confirmed by the City Council. These citizens are appointed to 3-year terms, with 2 appointees having to represent duly organized local historical and/or preservation societies. Also, 1 member must be an architect, or graduate of an accredited school of architecture, with at least 2 years of experience if such a person is available. These 7 citizens serve on the Historic District Commission without compensation and are eligible for reappointment after their terms are complete.

Contact Us

  1. Historic District Commission
    3rd Floor City Hall
    161 W. Michigan Ave.
    Jackson, MI 49201

    Meetings
    2016 Meeting Schedule
    Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Monday of each month in the
    2nd Floor City Hall Council Chambers
    161 W. Michigan Ave.
    Jackson, MI 49201







  • Ric Sheele, Chair
  • Matt Swartzlander, Vice-Chair
  • Lynn Fessel, Member
  • Marilyn Guildinger, Member
  • Matt Swartzlander, Member
  • John Schaub, Member
  • Vacant Seat, Member