Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation: Procedures & Design Guidelines Revisions


In 2014, the Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation began a comprehensive review of their ordinance, procedures and design guidelines. The current CHAP Procedures and Design Guidelines were originally published in 2009 and are based upon the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard for Rehabilitation (a requirement for CHAP’s designation as a Certified Local Government by the National Park Service). These guidelines help provide direction and a predictable structure for CHAP staff, members of the commission, applicants and property owners within CHAP historic districts.

What are the goals of these revisions?

  • Make the design guidelines easier to use and easier to find.
  • Allow CHAP staff to offer faster review of Notice to Proceed Applications for minor projects with same-day approvals for some work.
  • Integrate the changes from the Ordinance Revisions into the CHAP Procedures.
  • Improve design guidelines with information on new, compatible materials and technologies, clear direction on the treatment of architectural features, and take into account  the range of condition issues with Baltimore City’s historic fabric.

How can you get involved?

  • Review the draft Procedures and Design Guidelines
  • Attend CHAP Hearings and provide testimony
  • Submit written testimony if you are unable to attend
  • Take part in future public meetings

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