Standing Committees of the Pueblo Historic Preservation Commission

These committees will help the Pueblo Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) with important topics that drive historic preservation in our Pueblo community. These topics are Preservation Planning, Standards of Appropriateness (for Design Review), and Education about Historic Preservation

Pueblo’s unique and historic character matters to Colorado

The City of Pueblo will be 150-years-old on March 22, 2020. Once a major financial center for industries of agriculture, smelting, and mercantile, Pueblo is now an affordable and fun place to live and work in Colorado, one of the most splendid states of our nation. While some front-range communities are planning their new downtowns and tract-home suburbs, we have an iconic downtown, creative corridors, and several charter neighborhoods, all constructed from long-standing, good-old bones and sublime facades. Tasked with the
preservation of these historic places is a seven-member commission appointed by the Pueblo City Council (and soon-to-be Mayor). How can so few people accomplish this grand task?
Historic Union AvenueHistoric Union Avenue

Fortunately, Pueblo is more than preserving place. Our community enjoys a network of history-minded organizations, including several associations, libraries, museums, and events. Members of these organizations would make valuable HPC committee members.

Even if a person isn’t a member of our broader Pueblo-history network, we welcome business owners, school teachers, artists, any citizen who cares about Pueblo retaining our historic character. And not to simply hold Pueblo frozen in time. An effective preservationist admires not just the past, but plans for the future, and how to shape Pueblo so we succeed as a first-class city in the years ahead.

About the HPC Committees

The Planning Committee will facilitate a preservation plan for the City of Pueblo, which must conform to the statement of purpose of the Historic Preservation Code. This action plan will guide a network of historic preservationists for shared goals and strategies concerning the relevance of preservation to citizens, partners, and government.

The Standards Committee will maintain the Standards of Appropriateness in a manner conforming to the Historic Preservation Code. This committee will act on strategies approved by the Planning Committee.

The Education Committee will provide education on all phases of historic preservation to the community. This committee will act on strategies approved by the Planning Committee.

Who are members of the HPC Committees?

Interested persons (who reside or have resided in the City or County of Pueblo, Colorado) can apply to be members of the committees. Applicants should detail how they would like to support historic preservation in Pueblo. Specifically, the HPC would consider how an applicant’s knowledge, abilities, skills, and other characteristics could support the purpose of the Historic Preservation Code. (For details, see Pueblo Municipal Code, Section 4-14-2.)

One of the HPC’s goal, in selecting committee members, is to listen to diverse and balanced viewpoints from people representing a variety of organizations in Pueblo. This is why we refer to them as stakeholder members.

When and how will committees meet?

Stakeholder members will work with members of the HPC and the City staff person to the HPC. Committees will meet at least four times a year. They will have some flexibility with how they meet, in person, phone, teleconference, and/or e-mail. This is because the committees make recommendations to the HPC, and official decisions are made at regular, public meetings of the HPC.

The HPC bylaws govern the HPC Committees.

How to apply

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer for one or more of the committees, please apply online:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPCApplication

Questions and comments about HPC Committees are welcome to:

The Pueblo Historic Preservation Commission Office
211 East D Street
Pueblo CO 81003
HPC@Pueblo.us

Learn more about the Historic Preservation Commission at http://www.pueblo.us/HPC