Individuals may propose a designation that is not otherwise included in a historic district (an “individual” property for designation). Such a proposal should include the history and description of the property. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will hold a public hearing after receiving the owner’s application, followed by a recommendation to City Council. As for Historic Districts, a recommendation will be initiated by the HPC. A written survey of residents will be conducted, followed by a public hearing and a recommendation to City Council. Reference Section 158.06
The Inventory Form is available from the HPC (contact the Planning Department at 419-354-6218 or Email Planning) for inputting historical information about your property. As listed in the Preservation Ordinance, at least two (2) or more of the following criteria must be met for local designation. The property is:
- Is at least 50 years old;
- Possesses historic significance;
- Is the site of a significant historic event;
- Is identified with a person or group of persons who influenced society;
- Exemplifies the cultural, economic, social, political, or historic heritage of the city and/or its surrounding area;
- Embodies the distinctive characteristics of an architectural type, period, or method of construction;
- Represents the work of an architect, landscape architect or notable builder whose individual work has influenced the development of the city, the state, or the United States;
- Possesses high artistic values;
- Represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction;
- Has potential to yield important archaeological information; or 11. Its unique location or singular physical characteristics represent an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood, community, or the city.
The HPC and City staff are happy to provide assistance. The Wood County District Public Library also has resources to help owners research the history of a structure, which much can be done without leaving your home.
As for local designation of a Historic District, a recommendation will be initiated by the Historic Preservation Commission. A written survey of residents will be conducted, followed by a public hearing and a recommendation to City Council. Reference Section 158.06