Demolition Review: A Historic Preservation Tool for Communities


The designation of historic resources can often be a controversial topic and financial resources for jurisdiction-wide surveys and inventories are often limited. Demolition review is a tool that can be crafted to appeal to preservationists, developers, property owners, and elected officials in a way that places a high value on developer timelines and community input. This makes it a unique preservation tool for local governments. This session will present on the creation or revision of demolition review ordinances using cases studies in two distinctly different communities, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges. Speakers will highlight recent and ongoing revisions, what prompted the changes, and the processes for updating the demolition review ordinances. They will address the politics of revisions as well as contentious aspects of the processes. The legal basis for demolition review ordinances will also be addressed.

CE Credits:
Jul 15, 2022 2:45 PM

Lisa Mroszczyk Murphy

Lisa Mroszczyk Murphy, AICP, has been employed as a Historic Preservation Planner for The City of Frederick for over 14 years where she serves as staff to the Historic Preservation Commission and provides technical preservation assistance to citizens, property owners, elected officials, as well as other City agencies and departments. Prior to her employment at the city, she was the Sally Kress Tompkins Fellow for Society of Architectural Historians and Historic American Buildings Survey as well as a historic architecture intern at the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center. Ms. Mroszczyk Murphy has a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in the History of Art and Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kara Hahn

Kara is a Principal Planner with Landmark Preservation at the City and County of Denver. She oversees the Landmark Designation program for the city, and works primarily on regulatory and planning projects. Prior to working at the city, she was an Architectural Historian and Section 106/4(f) Specialists for the Colorado Department of Transportation, a National Register Historian at History Colorado, the National Register Coordinator for the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, and a Historic Preservation Specialist for the Army’s Environmental Center.

James K. Reap

James K.Reap is Professor and Coordinator of the Historic Preservation Program in the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design. He is currently a board member of the United States Committee of the Blue Shield and an executive committee member of the United Stated Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). He is a past board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action. Professor Reap has served as chair of the preservation commissions in the City of Decatur and DeKalb County and as vice chair in Athens, Georgia. He is a founding member and former board member of the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions and National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, and has provided training and technical assistance to preservation commissions throughout the United States. His background in planning includes service as Georgia’s first regional preservation planner and as Deputy Executive Director of the Northeast Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission (now Northeast Georgia Regional Commission.)


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