Rangeley Park Heritage District Commission

About the Commission

Each Heritage District Commission shall have seven members. The members of the Heritage District Commission shall be classified into three classes of as equal size as possible and appointed respectively for staggered three-year terms, except that the appointments of the classes of initial members shall be for one-year, two-year, and three-year terms respectively. 

Within 45 days after the effective date of the establishment of a Heritage District by the Town Meeting, the Winchester Planning Board shall appoint four members, the Winchester Historical Commission shall designate two representatives to be members of the Heritage District Commission, and the Winchester Design Review Committee shall designate one representative to be a member of the Heritage District Commission for the Heritage District.

Of the members to be appointed by the Planning Board, three members shall be owners of properties in the Heritage District and a fourth member shall be a resident of Winchester who, if possible, has professional experience related to architectural or historic preservation. If, after reasonable efforts to find such a candidate, a willing candidate meeting the requirement for professional experience related to architectural or historic preservation cannot be identified, a candidate having other relevant experience or qualifications may be considered and appointed.

Each member of a Heritage District Commission shall serve until the end of his or her term and thereafter until his or her replacement is appointed. The term of a member of a Heritage District Commission shall expire if and when the member (i) resigns, (ii) no longer meets the qualifications associated with his or her seat, (iii) is removed by a 2/3 vote of all of the sitting members of the appropriate Board or Committee that appointed or designated the member, or (iv) fails to attend seven consecutive meetings of the Heritage District Commission.

When a member’s term expires, the appropriate Board or Committee (designated above), as the case may be, shall promptly appoint or designate a replacement member who satisfies the same membership requirements and belongs to the same class of members as the person being replaced.

At any meeting of a Heritage District Commission, the presence of a majority of members shall be required for a quorum for the transaction of business. To be effective, a vote by the Heritage District Commission on any matter, including a Certificate Decision, Violation Determination, or Non-Remediation Determination, shall require the vote of a majority of the members whose presence at the meeting constituted the quorum. Each Decision or Determination shall include a statement of the reasons for the Decision or Determination based on the applicable Review Standards and Regulations.

The Heritage District Commissions for two or more Heritage Districts may include any number of the same members.