Historic Preservation Commission
The Historic Preservation Commission was established under Ordinance #110-97 in the City of Opelika to; to provide for the issuance of certificates of appropriateness; and to support the historical, cultural, and aesthetic heritage of the City of Opelika. The purpose of the Historic Commission is to:
- Stimulate revitalization of the business districts and historic neighborhoods
- Protect and enhance local historical attractions to tourists and thereby promote and stimulate business
- Enhance the opportunities for federal or state tax benefits
- Provide for the designation , protection, preservation, and rehabilitation of historic properties and historic districts.
Since the adoption of a Historic Preservation Commission by the City Council in 1997, three areas have been designated as Historic Districts:
- Downtown Central Business District
- North Opelika Residential Area.
- Geneva Street Residential Area
The HPC reviews alterations, additions, or demolition of structures that are located in the City of Opelika's Historic Districts. A plan review must be completed by the Historic Commission. The proposed construction or demolition requires a Certificate of Appropriateness before the City will issue a building permit.
Current Historic Preservation Commission Members
The Historic Commission consists of seven (7) members that are nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the City Council. Members serve three year terms and may be reappointed.
- Margaret Mayfield, Chair
- Debbie Purves
- John Marsh, Co Chair
- Kyle Kinckard
- Leigh Whatley
- Emily Severin, Secretary
- Mark Grantham
Historic Preservation Commission Certificate of Application (COA)
As a property owner in an Historic District, it is important to remember that prior to obtaining the necessary building permits for all exterior improvements, alterations, repairs, additions, demolition, new construction, signs, fencing or out buildings an application for Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) must be completed. Your COA will be reviewed for approval by the Historic Preservation Commission. You may view the Guidelines for each historic district to determine if a COA is required. If in doubt, call Lisa Harrelson at 334-705-5155.
A copy of the COA is available below in Microsoft Word and PDF formats. In order to view PDFs, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. Download Acrobat Reader here.
Click here for Guidelines for Repair, Renovations and Alterations of structures in Historic Districts.
Alabama Historic PreservationTax Credit Bill Passes
HB140 recently passed the Senate and has been signed by Governor Bentley and takes effect beginning September 1, 2013. The tax credit is based on designated expenses incurred in preserving a historic building for commercial or residential use. For more information, Click here.
Historic Commission Meeting Schedule
The Commission meets on the second Thursday each month at the Public Works Facility, 700 Fox Trail. The deadline for application to the HPC is two weeks prior to any scheduled meeting; Mail applications to the Planning Department, 700 Fox Trail, Opelika, Al. 36803. Application fees are $10 for Staff approved items and $50 for those that require Commission approval.
To see monthly agenda, Click Here.