Historic Preservation Commission

Current Issues

Proposed Demolition Ordinance

Public Involvement:
The City of Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission (CJHPC) has drafted a proposed demolition ordinance over the last 18 months.The Planning and Protective Services Department took comments on the proposal through Wednesday, April 12, 2017. The draft proposal was presented to the Public Works and Planning Committee on April 20, 2017, and Council Work Session on May 22, 2017. 

Draft CJHPC Demolition Ordinance
Public Works & Planning Committee April 20, 2017 Memo
Council Work Session, May 22, 2017
Council Work Session Powerpoint Presentation
Public Works & Planning Committee June 22, 2017 Memo

Tentative Schedule for Remaining Meetings:  (all meetings held at City Hall, 320 E. McCarty Street)
During the Public Works and Planning Committee, June 22, 2017 meeting, Council members directed Planning and Protective Services staff to develop a draft demolition ordinance based on the City of Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission proposal, feedback from public comments and staff research.   Planning and Protective Services staff will update the Public Works and Planning Committee monthly of the progress and estimated timeline for completion. Once the staff draft demolition ordinance is complete, a public meeting and comment period will be held.

Draft MSP National Register Nomination

Missouri State Penitentiary National Register Nomination - Revised 1st Submittal
Missouri State Penitentiary National Register Nomination - 2nd Submittal

Historic Preservation Commission Function

The City of Jefferson Historic Preservation Commission (CJHPC) came into existence in 1983 as a result of 1980 Congressional amendments to the national Historic Preservation Act of 1966. In 2003, the city’s began participation in the Missouri Certified Local Government (CLG) Program.

The CLG program, administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is designed to expand the historic preservation network of federal and state governments by creating a mechanism for participation of local governments.  Requirements for participation in the Missouri CLG program include enacting a historic preservation ordinance, appointing a preservation commission, conducting an ongoing survey and inventory of historic properties, and conducting public outreach and education.

A Certified Local Government with an historic preservation program at the local level offers the potential for providing the best protection that can be devised for the enjoyment, appreciation and preservation of our community’s cultural resources.  Recognition and preservation of our community’s cultural resources can enhance residential and commercial property values, encourage neighborhood conservation, foster civic pride, and promote the community’s attraction to visitors, tourists, industry and future employers.

The volunteers appointed to the CJHPC work to encourage and assist with the identification and preservation of sites, buildings, structures and objects which reflect the community’s cultural, historical, and architectural heritage.  The CJHPC also reviews demolition requests forwarded to it by the city Department of Planning & Protective Services.

All applications for permission to demolish a building are made to the city’s Department of Planning & Protective Services. If the building is over 50 years old or has historic significance, the department forwards a copy of the application to CJHPC for review.  The CJHPC has a sixty (60) day period for review of the demolition application to evaluate the building for architectural, cultural, and historic significance.  The condition of the building and the feasibility of rehabilitation are also a part of the established review criteria taken into consideration.  Based on the commission’s findings, the demolition application is returned to the Department of Planning & Protective Services with a recommendation for approval or disapproval.

Specific Duties

A. To review and select the annual Local Landmark Award designees.    
B. To encourage economic development through historic preservation and heritage tourism.   
C. To protect and enhance architectural heritage.
D. To conduct or support historic surveys and research
E. To select the recipient of the annual Gregory Stockard Distinguished Service Award.
F. To review demolition requests.