A regular schedule of the Montpelier Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC) has not yet been established; they meet on an as-needed basis. The CLG program requires that the commission meet at least 4 times a year. It is quite likely the commission will want to meet more often because of the many topics to explore and activities to undertake.
The MHPC can have no less than 3 or no more than 7 members, as appointed by the City Council for terms of 3 years. Members must reside in Montpelier and have a demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation, whether as professionals or lay persons. To the extent possible, at least a majority of the members should be professionals from the disciplines of history, archaeology, architectural history, architecture, and historical architecture. Members representing other historic preservation related disciplines, such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography, or cultural anthropology, and lay members are encouraged.
When a discipline is not represented on the commission, the commission must seek the assistance of the Division in obtaining the necessary expertise when considering National Register nominations and other actions that will impact properties which are normally evaluated by a professional in such discipline.
About the Commission
The Montpelier Historic Preservation Commission's main role is planning and advocacy for the protection and appreciation of Montpelier's historic and architecturally significant resources. How this is to be accomplished is a broad charge. The creation of the MHPC and commitment to certain activities will enable the City of Montpelier to become a Certified Local Government (CLG), which will make a number of financial and technical assistance resources available to carry out a number of initiatives that have been on the waiting list for a long time. In fact, becoming a CLG has been on the waiting list since the adoption of the 2000 Master Plan.