Play a Part in Preserving Vancouver’s History

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The City of Vancouver is seeking one volunteer interested in representing the city on the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

The Clark County Historic Preservation Commission is a joint city/county commission with five members appointed by the Clark County Board of Councilors and two members appointed by the Vancouver City Council. The seven-member advisory body is responsible for:

– Reviewing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
– Reviewing nominations and designating properties to the Clark County Heritage Register
– Conducting design review for changes to buildings and sites on the local register
– Deciding on applications for the Special Valuation Tax Incentive for historic properties
– Overseeing education and outreach efforts

Historic Preservation Commission members serve three-year terms. This vacancy is for a mid-term appointment that expires June 30, 2023, but would have the option to seek reappointment for a full, three-year term. The commission typically meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver, but due to COVID-19, meetings are currently held remotely.

The commission is specifically seeking applications from individuals with an interest or professional background in archeology or architecture, but others are welcome to apply. Applicants should be city residents, although the City Council may opt to waive this residency requirement.

All applicants must also be available for an interview with a committee of current Historic Preservation Commissioners at a date to be determined. A follow-up interview with City Council may be required at a future date.

Applications may be submitted online at To request a printed application or for further information, contact the boards and commissions coordinator at Vancouver City Hall, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995, [email protected] or 360-487-8600.

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