The Historic Preservation Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dwight Foster Library.
The Fort Atkinson Preservation Commission is state-mandated commission, composed of five members appointed to five-year terms by the city manager with the City Council’s approval. The present commission’s authority is defined in Chapter 42, Fort Atkinson Municipal Ordinance Code:
Chapter 42 HISTORIC PRESERVATION*
Article I. In General
Sec. 42-1. Definitions.
Sec. 42-2. Penalties for violations of chapter.
Sec. 42-3. Historic structure, historic site and historic district designation criteria.
Secs. 42-4–42-35. Reserved.
Article II. Historic Preservation Commission
Sec. 42-36. Created; composition.
Sec. 42-37. Powers and duties.
Sec. 42-38. Procedures.
Sec. 42-39. Interim control.
PURPOSE AND INTENT
It is hereby declared a matter of public policy that the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of improvements of special character or special historical interest or value is a public necessity and is required in the interest of health, prosperity, safety and welfare of the people. The purpose of this section is to:
- Effect and accomplish the protection, enhancement, and perpetuation of such improvements which represent or reflect elements of the City’s cultural, social, economic, political, engineering and architectural history.
- Safeguard the City’s historic and cultural heritage, as embodied and reflected in such historic structures, sites and objects.
- Stabilize and improve property values.
- Foster civic pride in the beauty and noble accomplishments of the past.
- Protect and enhance the City’s attractions to residents, tourists and visitors, and serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry.
- Strengthen the economy of the City.
- Promote the use of historic structures, sites and objects for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of the City.
*Cross references: Buildings and building regulations, ch. 18; environment, ch. 30; planning, ch. 66; shoreland-wetland zoning, ch. 78.
State law references: Historic preservation generally, Wis. Stats. § 44.30.