The Tempe Historic Preservation Commission advises the City Council in all matters concerning historic preservation. (City Code, Chapter 14A, Section 14A-3; Zoning and Development Code, Part 1, Chapter 3, Section 1-304)
The mission of the Historic Preservation Commission is:
- to provide protection for significant properties and archaeological sites that represent important aspects of Tempe’s heritage;
- to enhance the character of the community by taking such properties and sites into account during development; and,
- to assist owners in the preservation and restoration of their properties.
The Historic Preservation Commission consists of nine members, who are Tempe residents with a demonstrated interest in or knowledge of historic preservation. Terms are for three years. The membership of the Commission includes four at-large members and five professionals, drawn from the following disciplines, with no more than two such professionals from the same discipline:
- architectural history,
- historic preservation law,
- landscape architecture,
- building construction, or
- other related field.
The Historic Preservation Commission must hold a minimum of four public meetings/hearings per year. Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Commission chair or five or more members of the Commission. Meetings are usually held at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, in Hatton Hall, 34 E. Seventh St., Tempe.