Environmental Setting and Historic Site Evaluation Process
How to Apply for a Change of Environmental Setting or
a Historic Site Evaluation
As defined in the Historic Preservation Ordinance, an Environmental Setting is an area of land (including or within property boundaries) to which a historic resource relates visually and/or historically and which is essential to the integrity of the historic resource. Environmental Settings are established by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) as part of the HPC's evaluation of a historic site or as part of the HPC's review of a development application affecting a historic site.
Request an Application Form
Environmental Setting Application Form
Historic Site Evaluation Application Form
Applications should be mailed or faxed to:
M-NCPPC, Historic Preservation Section
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Application Review Process
After an application is accepted as complete by staff, a public hearing before the HPC will be scheduled. The HPC meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except August); an application must be received and accepted by the previous month's meeting date to be placed on the agenda. Staff will notify an affected municipality and County Council representative.
Preservation staff will visit and photograph the property and prepare maps, and a staff report with recommendations for the HPC.
Historic Preservation Commission Meeting
The applicant will be notified of the time and place of the meeting and receive a copy of the staff recommendation. During the public hearing the HPC will review staff recommendations and receive comments from the applicant and other interested parties. Attendance at the hearing is not mandatory.
A written decision of the HPC's action will be produced within 15 days of the close of the case record.