Historic District Preservation
Jordan Meagher | Community Development Coordinator | email@example.com | 269.673.5511 ext. 231
Lori Costello | Zoning Administrator | firstname.lastname@example.org | 616.877.2000 ext. 412
Introduction to the Historic District
Allegan's Historic District are the areas, structures, sites, or objects designated by the Allegan City Council. Historic Districts were established under Michigan's Historic District Act, PA 169. This Act requires the city council to appoint a Historic District Commission and adopt ordinances to review guidelines as laid out by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The Allegan Historic District Commission (AHDC) was established by the City Council in 1985, and consists of seven members as appointed by City Council. They oversee applications for changes in the Historic District and advise the Planning Commission and City Council in matters related to historic buildings or neighborhoods. Historic District and Site designations are designed to provide legal protection to these areas central to the historical and cultural identity of generations.
The AHDC reviews any and all proposed exterior work done to buildings in the historical district to help maintain the historical and cultural integrity of the building. They issue certificates of appropriateness for site plans, which are required before any exterior work can be done in the historic district. Building permits cannot be issues to properties in the historic district without these certificates.
Historic Districts and Sites are listed below, and can be seen on a map in the HDC Guidelines PDF towards the bottom of this page.
Griswold Civic District
Augustus Lilly House
Ira Chichester House
Sarah Lowe Steadman House
William Brown House
Oakwood Cemetery Chapel
Historic District Commission Guidelines
Allegan Historic District Maps
Allegan HDC Certificate of Appropriateness Application