What is the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission?

The Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission is a 9 member commission appointed by the Mayor of Lafayette and charged with preserving and protecting the historic and architecturally worthy buildings, structures, sites, monuments, streetscapes and neighborhoods which impart a distinct aesthetic quality to the City and serve as visible reminders of its historic heritage. The 9 members of the Historic Preservation Commission come from a variety of disciplines including contractors, architects, historians and historic building owners. The Commission was created by the City Council in April 1993 with City Ordinance 93-18 - at that time it was known as the Historic Review Board. The City Council approved City Ordinance 2010-11 to align with new State enabling legislation. 

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1. What is the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission?
2. Are there any districts already in Lafayette?
3. Is there a difference between a National Register Historic District and a Local Historic District?
4. If I want to make a change to my property, what is the procedure?
5. What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
6. Does the Historic Preservation Commission deny many COAs?
7. What about repair and maintenance - Do I have to apply to the Commission for every fix?
8. Can the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission tell me what color I have to paint my house?
9. Does the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission have the authority to tell me what landscaping I can install?
10. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from constructing an addition to my house?
11. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from demolishing a building?
12. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from building on a vacant lot?
13. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from installing new windows or doors?
14. What are the benefits of designating my property as part of a Local Historic District?
15. Does designation as a Local Historic District affect my property values?
16. Are there resources for those properties listed within a Local Historic District?
17. If I have questions, who can I contact?