Landmark Commission


The Landmark Commission typically meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Plans must be submitted to the Planning, Zoning and Building Department at least 14 days prior to the meeting date to be included in that meeting's agenda. A representative must be present at the meeting for the project to be considered. For more information, please view the following links:

2022 Meeting Dates and Submittal Deadlines

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  • Jason Coleman, Citizen Representative
  • Ralph Ware, Citizen Representative
  • Jeff Clark, Chairman
  • Timothy Holder, Citizen Representative
  • John Kudley, Vice Chairman
  • Vacant Position, Historical Society Liaison
  • Ron Lowe, Architectural Advisor
  • Marie Lawrie, Secretary

About the Board

The Landmark Commission designates landmarks and regulates any changes in the environment or exterior buildings which are landmarked or in a landmark district in order to protect, preserve and perpetuate places, buildings and other structures and objects having a special historical community or aesthetic interest or value.

Plans Subject to Review

An application for a building permit for any property which is landmarked or in a landmark district that involves any change in the environment or exterior of a building shall be forwarded to the Landmark Commission for review. The application must be approved as appropriate to landmark standards before such a permit will be issued.

Designation of Landmarks

The Landmark Commission designates places, buildings, structures, archaeological sites, works of art or similar objects as historical listed properties. The determination to designate is based on the individual characteristics of the property as they relate to the development, heritage or cultural attributes of the City.

Certificate of Appropriateness

Any proposed exterior change or modification, including a new residence or business, sign, fence, pool, addition, alteration and/or outbuilding is reviewed by both the Aurora Landmark Commission and Architectural Board of Review if it is within a historic district or any individually listed historic properties.

It is also important to mention that in these processes, the Commission is able to offer free guidance on the project. The Commission uses the "Secretary of Interior's Standards on Rehabilitation." There are only 10 standards and they are easily understood. If you would like to have a copy for reference, contact the Building Department and we will gladly provide a copy to you.

The Aurora Landmark Commission issues a Certificate of Appropriateness upon approval of a submission and then forwards the submission to the Architectural Board of Review.

The owner / applicant must be present at the Landmark Commission meeting for the submission to be reviewed. The Certificate of Appropriateness is an exterior aesthetic review and does not guarantee automatic approval by the Architectural Board, Zoning Inspector, City Architect, City Engineer and/or the Building Inspector.