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Historic Preservation Commission Seeks New Members

The City of Somerville seeks three full and six alternate members for the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). Available roles and open positions are listed below.

The HPC administers the Demolition Review Ordinance and the Historic District Ordinance. HPC members work directly with staff in the Planning, Preservation & Zoning Division (PPZ) who provide professional analysis, guidance, and training to the HPC and help coordinate and administer Commission meetings. 

The Commission typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m. Members serve three-year terms in a volunteer capacity. 

Regular Members

Two (2) or more must be Local Historic District (LHD) residents

  1. Architectural Historian (vacant)
  2. Architect (filled)
  3. Real Estate Agent (filled, LHD resident)
  4. City Planner (filled)
  5. Lawyer (filled)
  6. Citizen Member (vacant)
  7. Citizen Member (vacant)

Alternate Members

Five (5) out of seven (7) alternate members must be Somerville residents. Slots #4-7 have no specific professional requirements.

  1. Local Historic District Resident (vacant)
  2. Landscape Architect (filled)
  3. Contractor/Building Tradesperson (vacant)
  4. (vacant)
  5. (vacant)
  6. (vacant)
  7. (vacant)

Applications will be reviewed by the Mayor’s Appointments Advisory Committee. New members must be approved by the City Council. There will be a candidate interview process.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume to by noon on Friday, October 28.


The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Adrienne Pomeroy, at 617-625-6600 x2059 or

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