Historic Preservation Board
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The Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department provides historic preservation planning services through its Current Plans Division. Planning staff are responsible for the following activities:
- Serving as the staff liaison for the City of Wichita Historic Preservation Board;
- Maintaining historic preservation planning files on all local, state, and national register listed properties;
- Maintaining an Undesignated Historic Resource List;
- Reviewing Certificate of Appropriateness applications;
- Administration and marketing of the following City of Wichita programs:
- Historic Revolving Loan Program and
- Historic Deferred Loan Program;
- Providing historic preservation education opportunities for the public – hosting workshops, publishing materials, and more.
- Assisting property owners regarding preservation techniques and incentives – through publications, on-site inspections and more;
- Managing historic preservation grant projects as appropriate; and
- Review of any activities that might impact City of Wichita archaeological sites.
Certified Local Government
The City of Wichita is a Certified Local Government. The Certified Local Government program is a partnership between local, state, and federal governments focused on promoting historic preservation. Certification provides the City of Wichita with expert technical advice from the Kansas Historical Society and the National Park Service. Certified communities are also able to access federal funds set aside by the State Historic Preservation Office.
The City of Wichita is a Certified Local Government that is in agreement with the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to conduct state preservation law review on behalf of the SHPO. For more information on state preservation law review, please visit the Kansas State Historical Society's website.
The City of Wichita has an agreement with the Kansas State Historical Society (SHPO) to review projects under the Kansas state preservation law on behalf of the SHPO. The current state preservation law is outlined in K.S.A. 75-2724 and accompanying regulations. The Wichita Major/Minor List delineates which projects can be approved administratively under the state preservation law and which projects are sent to the Wichita Historic Preservation Board for project review.
City of Wichita Historic Preservation Ordinance
The City of Wichita's Preservation Ordinance protects the architectural and cultural heritage of the city's historic properties. Recognizing the importance of Wichita's historical and architectural heritage and the need for its protection, the Wichita City Council adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1975 (Chapter 2.12.1015-1026, as amended). The ordinance created the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) to advise the City Council on City-owned historic resources and to safeguard the architectural and cultural heritage of Wichita through the preservation of its historic resources.
There are over 600 structures in the City of Wichita that are listed in the local, state and/or national registers of historic places either as individually listed properties or are properties within a historic district. You can look up the location of listed places using the City of Wichita GIS map link.
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- Christina Rieth, Secretary, Associate Planner, MAPD
- Kristen Johnston (Tax Credit Coordinator), Kansas State Historical Society, Cultural Resources Division
- Eric Cale, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
- Michelle Enke, Wichita Public Library
- Katrina Ringler, Preservation Office Manager, Kansas State Historical Society, Cultural Resources Division
- Patrick Zollner, Deputy SHPO, Kansas State Historical Society, Cultural Resources Division
- City Archaeologist, WSU Department of Anthropology
The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) has the mission of recognizing and protecting Wichita's historic heritage. In 1975, Wichita's City Council created the HPB to safeguard the architectural and cultural heritage of Wichita's five historic districts and nearly 80 historic structures.
The HPB is composed of seven volunteer members appointed by the Wichita City Council. The HPB is responsible for recommending properties to the Wichita City Council for designation as historic landmarks and districts, reviewing proposed alterations to locally designated historical properties, and reviewing proposed changes to the "environs" of state and nationally registered properties.
How We Operate
The Historic Preservation Board has adopted bylaws that are written policies that guide the board's processes and actions.
- 41-921 Historic Preservation Board Signed Ordinance 1992 (PDF)
- 42-146 Historic Preservation Board Signed Ordinance 1993 (PDF)
- 48-301 Historic Preservation Board Signed Ordinance 2009 (PDF)
Wichita Historic Preservation Board - Old Town Signage Subcommittee
On November 14, 2022, the Wichita Historic Preservation Board created an ad-hoc subcommittee for the purpose of reviewing the Architectural Design Guidelines for the Old Town District and Wichita-Sedgwick County Unified Zoning Code; and providing a recommendation for how to better align the language related to sign illumination and sign size.
- 2 pm
- 2nd Monday of each month
- Planning Department Conference Room
The Ronald Reagan Building
271 W 3rd Street
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Submit Public Comments Ahead of Time
You can submit comments regarding items on the Planning Commission agenda to the Planning Department. Comments must be received by the Planning Department no later than 5 pm, three days prior to the meeting. Comments submitted after the deadline will not be considered. The comment should indicate which item they pertain to and be less than three minutes in duration.
The comments can be submitted in the following formats: email, letter, printed or digital photos (jpeg, etc.), video, and audio message (mp3, etc.). The comments should be submitted to Planning Department staff using the contact information below. Please be sure to provide ample time for delivery. The comments received ahead of the submission deadline will be shared with the MAPC, prior to or during the meeting.
Note: The following videos do not have captions provided. If you would like to view our videos with captions, please visit our Historic Preservation Board YouTube playlist.
- How does a property get listed in the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places?
Whether prepared by private citizens or by consultants, most nominations go through at least two drafts before consideration by the Historic Sites Board of Review (HSBR) at one of its quarterly meetings. Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff will provide written comments and a marked copy of the nomination to the preparer.
Before a nomination is scheduled for a Review Board meeting, the following three requirements must be met:
- The property has been evaluated for eligibility by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). List a Property.
- An initial draft has been reviewed by SHPO
- The final submittal incorporates suggested revisions, if applicable.
Nominations of Kansas properties to the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Register of Historic Kansas Places may be submitted for review by the National Register staff at the SHPO at any time throughout the year. Every nomination must go before the Historic Sites Board of Review.
- Can a property listed in the Register of Historic Kansas Places or the National Register of Historic Places be demolished?
Yes. There is a local process that must be followed in order to obtain a demolition permit from the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department. Contact the Wichita Historic Preservation Office for more information in the Metropolitan Area Planning Department at 316-268-4421.
- How do I know if my property is within a historic district or individually designated?
Please visit our GIS Historical Sites website and click on the "Historic Sites" layer, "Historical Districts" layer, and/or "Old Town" layer.
You may also look through the National Register nomination forms for historic districts to see if your property is contributing or non-contributing to the district.
- Are there any restrictions associated with my property?
Please visit our website for Old Town Guidelines, the Delano Overlay Guidelines, or the Design Guidelines for the North Topeka/Park Place-Fairview/Bitting Historic Districts. Specific questions may be directed to the historic preservation staff.