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Historic Resources Commission
Responsibilities & Duties
HRC is charged to conserve and protect historic sites, structures, and other landmarks that have special value or interest to the City, in accordance with Albany's General City Code Chapter 42 Part 4 Article XII (Sections 42-82 to 42-97), and pursuant to the City's Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance.
Albany's Historic Resources Commission (HRC) is appointed to:
- Administer and regulate the appearance of the adopted historic districts
- Protect their significant character
- Review all proposed alterations or additions to any structure or landmark that fall within a local Historic District
- Safeguard the archeological or cultural integrity in the best interest of the community
Review by the HRC is also required for demolition of any designated structure, and for new construction, in a local Historic District.
Historic Resources Commission Documents
- 2023 Historic Resources Commission Submittal and Review Schedule
- Applications & Forms
- Project Documents
Historic Resources Commission Meetings
- 6 pm
- Albany Community Development Agency
200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12210
- Live-streamed via YouTube.
2023 Meeting Dates
|January 26||April 20||July 13||October 5|
|February 16||May 11||August 3||October 26|
|March 9||June 1||August 24||November 16|
|March 30||June 22||September 14||December 7|
How to Submit Audio and Written Comments on Historic Resources Applications
Audio comments (up to three minutes in length) and written comments must be submitted to HRC@albanyny.gov no less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing or meeting to ensure review by the Historic Resources Commission. Submitted comments will not be played or read during the hearing or meeting.
How to Provide Public Comment on an application at a Historic Resources Commission Hearing or Meeting
Requests to provide public comment at a public hearing or meeting must be submitted to HRC@albanyny.gov no less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting and shall include:
- Your name
- The project/s that you wish to speak on, and
- The municipality where you live, as required by §34-1B of the Albany City Code.
Members of the public will have three minutes to speak per project and Common Council members have six minutes to speak per project. Speaking times may be modified based on the number of individuals signed up to speak, so it is recommended to submit written or audio comments prior to the hearing or meeting. Projects on a public workshop agenda do not have a public comment period.
Please be respectful of others and in the delivery of your public comment. The Historic Resources Commission reserves the right to silence or remove participants who are not respectful during the meeting or hearing.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes
The Historic Resources Commission (HRC) consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Common Council. The presence of five members of the Commission constitutes a quorum, and the concurring vote of five members is required to carry out an action.
John Myers, Chair
Historic Preservation Planning
HRC supports the Historic Preservation Plan as an effective tool to expand on existing and future preservation programming and preservation initiatives. Read the Historic Preservation Plan (September 30, 2019).
Albany's Historic Districts were established in accordance with the City's Historic Resources Ordinance. These districts serve to preserve and protect:
- Special historic or aesthetic interest
- Works of art and other objects having a special character
- Any other particular value to the City
Though some of Albany's Historic Districts have been Nationally designated (National Register of Historic Places), the City only maintains oversight for the locally designated districts, which have been adopted by the Common Council. The City has sixteen locally designated historic districts and four districts that are National recognized.