Disband the Chesterfield Historic Preservation Commission

Disband the Chesterfield Historic Preservation Commission

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Concerned Citizens of Chesterfield started this petition to Chesterfield Township Mayor and Committee Members

We the undersigned residents of Crosswicks, Sykesville and Chesterfield as a whole implore you to remove the burdens imposed upon us by the Historic Preservation Commission.  As residents, private property owners and responsible persons, we should be able to have quiet enjoyment and maintenance of our homes as we see fit.  Though we understand the well-intentioned concept of the Historic Preservation Commission, we feel the rules and restrictions have become over burdensome.  

As residents living in this community, we value the traditions, appearance and lifestyle that have been established here.  We feel there needs to be a balance between the rights and desires of the residents and the goal of keeping some historic value in the community.  We understand that federal or state standards may exist elsewhere, and some local municipalities have adopted those standards, but we feel that historic areas and buildings in Chesterfield can be protected without applying these rigid standards.  Furthermore, the application of these standards will prevent residents from maintaining their homes and lead to properties falling into disrepair.  

You are receiving this petition today because we want to regain the ability to maintain and improve our homes.  The current process for home improvements has become too burdensome.  A small group of committee members hold too much power and control and we do not believe that was the original intent when the Historic Preservation Commission was established.  We are asking you to abolish the Commission and establish a simple set of guidelines for homes that fall in the designated historic areas.  As residents, we want to be able to replace roofs, repair windows, repair porches and perform other home improvements without having to navigate a maze of rules and regulations.  We believe the historic nature of our community can be preserved in a much simpler and resident friendly way.  

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