Architectural Preservation District Commission


  • 7:30pm
  • 2nd Tuesday
  • Ritter Building

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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 the 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 that are 75 years old or older within the District, as shown in the District Map (PDF).

The Select Board shall appoint a five-member APDC to oversee the APD pursuant to this bylaw. Initially, two members shall be appointed for one year, two for two years, and one for three years; each successive appointment shall be made for three years. The Select Board may also appoint up to two alternate members, initially for terms of one, two, and three years, and for three-year terms thereafter.

To the extent achievable, the APDC shall be comprised of the following persons: a member of the Lunenburg Historical Commission; a design professional; a craftsperson or building contractor familiar with historic restoration; one resident of the APD, and one resident at large. Members and alternates of the APDC shall by reason of experience and/or education have demonstrable knowledge, interest, and ability to effectively carry out the APDC's responsibilities.

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

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Town Hall
17 Main Street
P.O. Box 135
Lunenburg, MA 01462
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