Architectural Preservation District Commission

Welcome to the website for the Lunenburg Architectural Preservation District Commission.

The 2015 Lunenburg Town Meeting established the Architectural Preservation District ("District") Bylaw ("Bylaw") to regulate construction, demolition or renovation of existing "Contributing Property" structures as defined by the bylaw within an established bounded district ("District").  The Bylaw was introduced at Town Meeting along with the Village District Bylaw, which created an overlay zoning district to encourage mixed-use commercial and residential development.  While the Village District Bylaw encourages the economic vitalization of downtown Lunenburg, the Architectural Preservation District Bylaw ensures that it will not come at the expense of the town's historical character and integrity.

The Bylaw also mandated the creation of Design Guidelines ("Guidelines") to assist the Architectural Preservation District Commission ("APDC") in evaluating requests for construction, renovation and demolition of structures built before 1940 within the District, as shown in the DISTRICT MAP.

The APDC meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm at the Ritter Building.

The APDC consists of five volunteer members of the community and, to the extent achievable, those members shall be comprised of the following: a member of the Lunenburg Historical Commission; a design professional; a craftsperson or building contractor familiar with historic restoration; and two residents of the APD.  If interested in joining the Commission, please complete a Talent Bank Form.

Current Commission Members:

Richard McGrath, Chairman, term expires June 30, 2019,

Jim LaVeck, Vice-Chair, term expires June 30, 2017,

Cullen Dwyer, Member, term expires June 30, 2017,

Brian Corcoran, Member, term expires June 30, 2018,



Guidelines are currently being defined and are expected to be finalized by November 2016.  If there are questions until the guidelines are finalized and published, please contact us at the email address below.

To request additional information or to inquire about a non-binding Administrative Review, please email

Additional Links:

Architectural Preservation District Bylaw

Meetings and Agendas

Talent Bank Form for Volunteers

Application for Certificate to Alter