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Commissions & Committees

***Please Note***
The City Administrator has suspended all non-essential regular City Committee/Commission meetings beginning March 12, 2020, as a precautionary and preventive measure for COVID-19. Non-essential meetings are defined as anything not having a state or federal timeline for funding. As a result, the Historic Commission and Historic Review Board will not be meeting until further notice. The goal is to keep City employees healthy so that they can continue providing essential functions to our citizens.
Staff is currently working on the technical details of facilitating electronic meetings for the City Council and Planning Commission and that is the priority.   Once that is worked out staff will turn efforts to helping facilitate regular Commission and Committee meetings.

The Ashland Historic Commission was established in the early 1970's to survey and recommend to the City Council, areas or properties of significant historical value and interest to be designated historical properties; to draft and recommend ordinances and other measures designed to protect and foster interest in the improvement of designated historical properties; to review literature and sources of funding concerning the protection and improvement of designated historic properties; to review and make recommendations concerning the improvement of designated historic properties in connection with the issuance of building permits, zone changes, conditional use permits, variances, sign permits and site reviews; to review and recommend project applications for funding; to promote public support in the preservation of Ashland's historic past; and to advise citizens on aesthetic standards for historic areas.

The purpose of historic districts is to maintain the City's links with the past and encourage the restoration and rehabilitation of the City's old homes and commercial structures. These old buildings represent the aspirations and attainments of past eras. These material links with the City's history preserve the character of the City and avoid the sameness and standardization that can contribute to a feeling of rootlessness and a lack of sense of place in many cities.

The following links provide additional information on Historic District Development Standards in the form of brief, white papers.

Historic Building Brief #1: Living with Historic Buildings
Historic Building Brief #2: Windows
Historic Building Brief #3: Exterior Materials
Historic Building Brief #4: Additions
Historic Building Brief #5: Garages and Outbuildings

Click on Historic Preservation for more information on preservation organizations, agencies and interest sites.

Explore Ashland's History here. Click on the following links for information about City of Ashland Historic places and projects:

National Historic Preservation Week is an outreach program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and observed annually each May in Ashland. Every year the Historic Commission selects projects to receive the Architectural Preservation Awards. These awards are intended to recognize the commitment of local citizens, architects, designers, and contractors in furthering historic preservation and protecting our cultural resources. Previous award winners can be found by clicking on the following links:

Please remember that other than staff, the people listed below are volunteers working on behalf of our community and should only be contacted on matters related to their particular commission, committee or board.


Established Meetings Length of Term
1970s Meets 1st Wednesday, 6:00p.m., (Wednesday prior to Planning Commission), 51 Winburn Way (Comm. Dev. Bld) Members (3 year terms expiring April 30)


Name Email Title Term Begin Term End
Ellen Babin Commissioner - Position 4 9/4/2018 4/30/2023
Bill Emery Commissioner - Position 5 9/2/2014 4/30/2023
Tom Giordano Commissioner - Position 6 4/30/2002 4/30/2023
Beverly Hovenkamp Commissioner - Position 9 8/21/2018 4/30/2021
Rich Rosenthal Council Liaison 2/5/2019 12/31/2020
Dale Shostrom Commissioner - Position 7 - Chair 4/30/2021
Terry Skibby Commissioner- Position 1 - Vice Chair 4/30/2022
Keith Swink Commissioner - Position 2 11/18/2003 4/30/2022
Regan Trapp Staff Secretary
Piper von Chamier Commissioner - Position 3 10/4/2016 4/30/2022
Samuel Whitford Commissioner - Position 8 4/15/2003 4/30/2021

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