Rockland County Historic Preservation Board

The Rockland County Historic Preservation Board will hold its regular meeting for the month of October. The Board meets regularly on the third Monday of each month.

WHEN: Monday, October 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm

WHERE: Rockland County Highway Department
Conference Room
23 New Hempstead Road
New City, NY 10956

Masks or face coverings are required for visitors who are NOT fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Historic Preservation Board generally holds regular meetings on the third Monday of each month at 3:30 pm at the Rockland County Department of Planning, Building T, Robert Yeager Health Center, Pomona, NY 10970. The Board does not meet in August or December. Please call the Planning Department at (845) 364-3434 to confirm that a meeting will be held before planning to attend.

The County of Rockland is committed to full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To that end, the County is committed to creating an accessible environment for all and to delivering services in an accessible manner to the greatest extent possible. As noted, a meeting is scheduled. To request accommodations that you may require, please notify the Rockland County Planning Department at (845) 364-3434 in advance so that we may make every effort to meet your needs.

Meeting Minutes:

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Certified Local Government:

On July 3, 2002, the National Park Service concurred with the recommendation of the New York State Historic Preservation Office and accepted the Rockland County application to become a Certified Local Government (CLG). Pursuant to this action, Rockland County became a participant in the Certified Local Government Program, a program that was created by the 1980 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act. Rockland is the first county in New York State to become a CLG. The CLG program includes grants and technical assistance from the State Historic Preservation Office to support local historic preservation efforts. In order to participate, a local government is required to adopt a local law that meets certain standards and to establish a qualified preservation board.

The Local Law and Board Responsibilities:

The Rockland County Legislature adopted a law that met the CLG program standards on March 19, 2002. Traditionally, a local historic preservation board has land use regulatory powers. However, in New York State zoning and other land use control powers over unincorporated areas reside with local governments, rather than with county governments. Therefore, the New York State guidelines make special requirements for county CLGs. The State guidelines specify that county CLGs must have the power to review and comment upon all county undertakings that might affect historic properties. Whenever the county is asked for planning advice concerning actions that may affect historic properties, a county CLG has the power to review said action and report the pertinent county or municipal agency.

The main features of the Rockland County historic preservation law are the powers and duties of the Rockland County Historic Preservation Board and the requirements for board membership. The Historic Preservation Board plays and advisory role to the County Executive, County Legislature, Commissioner of Planning, other County agencies, Towns, and Villages. As required by the State guidelines, in addition to the county-specific requirements discussed above, the County local law requires that the county historic preservation board will:

• Provide advice and guidance to property owners and government agencies concerning historic preservation issues
• Recommend designation of properties and historically sensitive areas as worthy of preservation
• Participate in and support the nomination of worthy properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places

Board Members:

Officers:

Craig Long
Chair,
County Historian

Peter Scheibner
Vice-Chair,
Designee for County Archivist

Mary Cardenas
Secretary,
Public at Large

Members:

Steve Cobb
Public at Large

Claudia Cooney
Archeology Representative

Alice Gerard
Public at Large

Arthur Gunther
Public at Large

Marianne Leese
Rockland County Historical Society

Members:

Winston Perry Jr.
Architect Representative

Charles (Skip) Vezzetti
County Highway Superintendent

(Vacant)
Architectural Historian Representative

(Vacant)
Designee for Commissioner of Planning

(Vacant)
Designee for County Tourism Director

Staff:

Eugene Bondar
County Attorney's Office

Jennifer Hasan
County Executive's Office

Michael Kezner
County Planning Department