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Historical Preservation Commission

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1. Purpose

  1. The purpose of this article is to promote historic districts and landmarks for the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the public through the preservation, protection and regulation of buildings, sites, monuments, structures, and areas of historic interest or importance within the City of Grand Forks; to safeguard the heritage of the city by preserving and regulating historic landmarks and districts which reflect elements of its cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history; to preserve the city's economic base by the stimulation of the tourist industry; to establish and improve property values; to foster economic development; to manage growth; to foster civic pride in the beauty and noble accomplishments of the past; and to promote the use of historic districts, landmarks, interior landmarks, and scenic landmarks for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of the City of Grand Forks.

  2. It is intended that the commission will cooperate with and assist various local, state and federal entities and/or agencies in the enforcement of federal and state legislation to identify, evaluate, designate, and protect properties significant in the prehistory, history, architecture, engineering and culture of the community, state and nation.

  3. It is further declared that the purposes of this article are:

With respect to the properties in historic districts:

  • To retain and enhance those properties which contribute to the character of the historic district and to encourage their adaptation for current use;
  • To assure that alterations of existing structures are compatible with the character of the historic district; and
  • To assure that new construction and subdivision of lots in an historic district are compatible with the character of the historic district.

With respect to historic landmarks:



2. Members, Appointments & Terms

  • The commission shall consist of eleven (11) members.

  • The commission members shall be appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the city council.

  • Each of the members of the commission shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years.

  • The members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses necessarily incurred in the performance of their duties.

3. Member Qualifications

Members appointed by the mayor shall be persons who, in the opinion of the mayor, have demonstrated outstanding interest and knowledge in historical or architectural development. A majority of the commission members shall be made up of persons from among professionals in the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archeology or other historic preservation related disciplines, such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography or cultural anthropology, to the extent that such professionals are available in the community.

4. Powers and Duties

  1. Adopt criteria for the identification of essential structures, priority structures and preservation of areas.

  2. Prepare or cause to be prepared a comprehensive inventory of essential structures, priority structures, and preservation areas within the city.

  3. Make recommendations to the city council concerning the acquisition of development rights, facade easements, and the imposition of other restrictions in the negotiation of historical property contracts for the purpose of historic preservations.

  4. Increase public awareness of the value of historic, architectural and cultural preservation by developing and participating in public information programs and by recommending the update of the preservation programs.

  5. Make recommendations to the city council concerning the utilization of grants from federal, state and local agencies or entities, private groups, individuals, and the utilization of budgetary appropriations to promote the preservation of historic or architecturally significant structures in the city.

  6. Promulgate standards for architectural review.

  7. Evaluate and comment upon decisions by other public agencies affecting the physical development and land use patterns in the city.

  8. Recommend to the city council that the city purchase an essential structure where private preservation is not feasible.

  9. Prepare nominations for properties deemed by the commission to be significant in local, state and/or national history.

  10. Upon request by the state historical society, or upon action of the commission, prepare and submit to the mayor a report stating the commission's opinion concerning compliance with criteria for listing premises or structures in the National Register of Historic Places.

  11. Submit and file such information, findings and resolutions deemed necessary and appropriate by the commission with the state historical society.

  12. Review and comment to all local, state or federal agencies and/or entities deemed necessary with regard to governmentally funded, assisted or licensed projects with emphasis as to the presence of significant properties within the project's impact area, the extent of the project effect on significant properties and proposed means of mitigating any adverse effect.

  13. Review and comment to all local, state and federal agencies and/or entities deemed necessary on certifications of significance and certifications of rehabilitation.

  14. Any other functions which may be designated by resolution or motion of the city council.

5. Members and Staff

  • Sandra Slater
    Term Expires: August 1, 2020

  • Charles Flemmer
    Term Expires: August 1, 2020
  • Brian Carlson
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021
  • Jessa Novak
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

  • Judy Swisher
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

  • Dr. Gordon Iseminger
    Term Expires: August 1, 2020

  • Cory Lien
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

  • Douglas Munski
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

  • William Caraher
    Term Expires: July 31, 2020

  • OPEN - Attorney/Legal

  • Nicole Derenne
    Term Expires: August 1, 2021

Susan Caraher, Coordinator   Email  772-8756

Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting

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Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting
February 5, 2020, 5:30pm
Grand Forks Council Chambers


  1. Roll Call

    ____Budke  ___Johnson  ___Kuhn    ___Lunski   ____Matejcek   ___Reichert  ___Sande  ___ Wasvick

  2. Reading and Approval of Minutes for January 8, 2020

  3. Public Hearings, Final Approvals, Petitions,and Minor Changes

    3-1       Update of the Planning and Zoning Commission By-Laws. (To be tabled until the March Commission meeting)

    3-2       (Public Hearing) Conditional Use Permit for Ruffing It Doggie Daycare, Overnight Center & Grooming, located at 1515 Demers Ave.

    3-3       (Public Hearing) Conditional Use Permit for Kost Materials, LLC, to construct ready mix production facility and aggregate storage located at 5070 DeMers Ave.

    3-4       (Public Hearing – Fast Track Final) University Place Second Resubdivision, located at 2724 and 2800 University Avenue.

    3-5       (Public Hearing – Fast Track Final) Replat of Lot B, R, and E, Block 1, Perkins 1st Addition located at 2751 32nd Ave S. 


  4. Communications and Preliminary Approvals

    4-1       Plat of University Park Resubdivision located at 404 N 25th Street and 2100 5th Ave North.

    4-2       Plat of Edgewood Village Second Resubdivision and ordinance dedicating R/W, located at 4000-4300 blocks of S 19th Street.

    4-3       Southern Estates PUD Amendment #14, located at 4000-4300 blocks of S 19th Street.


  5. Reports from the Planning Department

    5-1       Land Use Plan update briefing and proposed southend development discussion.

    5-2       Discussion of potential sign code amendment relating to on-premise signs along I-29.

  6. Other Business


  7. Adjournment

The next regular meeting is March 4, 2020 at 5:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Any individual requiring special accommodations to allow access or participation at city meetings is
asked to notify the ADA Coordinator (746-2655) of their needs one week prior to the meeting.

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