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The practical test of a local Historic District Commission (HDC) or local Historic Property Commission (HPC) is its ability to operate effectively to preserve the heritage and character of the community. An effective HDC or HPC fulfills its regulatory responsibilities fairly and consistently, but also works to build strong relationships with private property owners and municipal officials. It works toward a goal of voluntary compliance with historic district regulations, but also moves quickly and effectively to resolve issues and controversies.
For the sake of clarity, the terms District Commission and HDC as used in this section refer to both Local Historic District Commissions and Local Historic Property Commissions except where specific rules for each apply.