A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for the
restoration, relocation, erection, demolition or exterior
alteration of any building or structure within the Historic
District. A Certificate of Appropriateness shall be
required whether or not a building permit is required.
Connecticut State Statute defines "building"
as any combination of materials, other than a building
affixed to, or resting on, the land including, but not
limited to swimming pools, parking areas, driveways,
road signs, fences, walls, sidewalks and lampposts.
The style, material,
size and location of outdoor advertising, billboards,
posters as well as signs and fences within the Historic
District shall be under the control of this Commission.
A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for industrial,
commercial, business, home industry or occupational
of Appropriateness is not required for ordinary maintenance
or repair which does not involve a change of design,
form, size or appearance.
Applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness may
be obtained from the Town Clerk's office in the Town
Hall, Bentley Drive, Harwinton, CT. 06791. The forms
must be signed by the owner(s) or formally authorized
agent, and should describe clearly the proposed work.
A written description, site plan, photographs of building
or structure involved, adjacent buildings, and the project
area are required. In the case of demolition, a plan
depicting the site after the removal should be included.
Completed forms may be submitted through the Town Clerk's
office to the Harwinton Historic District and Historic
Properties Commission, and shall be considered received
as of the date of the Commission's next regularly scheduled
held during a regular meeting provide applicants the
opportunity to discuss contemplated work before the
preparation of detailed plans and a formal application.
Any architect, builder, owner or other person planning
to work on a property in the Historic District is encouraged
to meet with the Commission.
Every application for a Certificate of Appropriateness
is reviewed at a public hearing during the first regular
meeting after receipt of the application following proper
notification as required by law. Owners of properties
within 100 feet of the subject property are notified
by certified mail, and public notice of the hearing
is given not more then fifteen days nor less then five
days before the hearing date.
has up to 65 days from the date the formal application
is received in which to render a decision, although
in practice most are rendered within five days. The
Harwinton Historic District and Historic Properties
Commission may approve, deny or modify by imposing conditions
of approval. Public notice of the decision is given,
and written notice is sent to the applicant.
of Applications: In considering an application
for a Certificate of Appropriateness, the Commission
had no requirements as to specific architectural form
or style. There is no mandate to favor the past over
the present. Some change is inevitable and at times
beneficial. The town, therefore, through the offices
of the Historic District and it's commission is concerned
only that all new structures or artifacts introduced
into the Disricts and all changes to structures already
existing be appropriate, be competently designed, and
show respect for their immediate neighbors and for the
Districts as a whole.
Occasionally, the Commission may permit variation from
established practice because of topographical conditions
or unusual circumstances. Special stipulations and conditions
intended to preserve the character of the Historic District
may be imposed, and the Historic District and Historic
Properties Commission seeks to hold such variations
to a minimum. No variations should be considered as
having established a precedent.
of Certificate of Appropriateness: A Certificate
of Appropriateness shall become null and void at a time
specified by the Commission, but unless otherwise specified,
the period shall not exceed one year.
If the property is transferred prior to the commencement
or completion of the proposed work, the new owner, upon
request to the Historic District and Historic Properties
Commission, shall be able to obtain a renewal of the
Certificate of Appropriateness for the remainder of
the original time period.