HISTORIC PRESERVATION BOARD
August 20, 2014
Pinellas County Planning & Development Services
310 Court Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Historic Preservation Board
Background: Pinellas County enjoys a rich and diverse culture and historic past. The historical, cultural and aesthetic heritage is among its most valued assets. Few urban areas today boast such unique perspectives of the past. Because of widespread growth and redevelopment in recent years, it is critical to the future of our County that we preserve and maintain significant elements of its history.
With this in mind, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) took the initiative to establish a countywide policy to address historical protection and redevelopment issues among local communities. In June 2005, the BCC created the Historic Preservation Task Force (HPTF) to develop a historic preservation plan inclusive of all jurisdictions.
The Task Force developed and proposed a countywide historic preservation ordinance. In 2008, the BCC adopted the ordinance, establishing historic preservation as stated public policy. By this ordinance, the Task Force was established as the Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) to implement and direct the countywide historic preservation program. Some of the accomplishments of the HPAB include:
In 2013, the BCC amended the County's historic preservation ordinance. By this ordinance, the HPAB was replaced with the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) and was given new additional responsibilities to review applications for historic resource designation and to make decisions on Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) applications.
Members of HPB look forward to addressing future objectives. Such objectives include:
The Historic Preservation Board welcomes input from all citizens and the perspectives of those who can continue to enhance the rich heritage of Pinellas County.