District policies and regulations enumerated in State
Statute and the town ordinance are administered by the
Harwinton Historic District and Historic Properties
Commission, in accordance with statutes and the ordinance.
Regular meetings are held at the Harwinton Town Hall
on the third Tuesday of each month (except for legal
holidays). Meetings are open to the public, and those
interested in historic preservation and the historic
districts are encouraged to attend.
No building or structure within the Historic Districts
or Historic Properties may be erected, altered, removed,
or demolished until a Certificate of Appropriateness
as to exterior architectural features has been granted
by this commission.
A Certificate of Appropriateness is necessary whether
or not a building permit is required. "Exterior
architectural features" is defined by statute as
"such portion of the exterior of a structure or
building as is open to view from a public street, way
or place". It can be noted that, contrary to widely
held misconceptions of historic district regulations,
the color of paint used on the exterior of any building
or structure is not controlled by the Historic District
Commission. (Connecticut General Statute, Section 7-147d,
Additionally, the Commission advises concerning historic
properties, suggests pertinent legislation, initiates
planning and zoning proposals, cooperates with other
regulatory and civic groups interested in historic preservation,
and comments on applications for zoning variations that
may affect the Historic Districts. The Commission in
Harwinton reports to, consults with, and seeks the assistance
of the Commission on Culture and Tourism in Hartford.
Among the benefits of Historic Districts is the assurance
they provide to the town and residents a stable environment.
It is to this end that the Historic District and Properties
Commission address its efforts.