Office of Historic Preservation

The office of Historic Preservation is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and promoting Madison's rich cultural and architectural heritage. The office is the first contact point for individuals who live or own property within the downtown Local Ordinance Historic District. In this way, the preservation planner supports the Historic District Review Board through reports, recommendations, and information.

City Planner – Preservation Coordinator

The planner will provide project management and technical expertise in the implementation of long range city planning documents, offer assistance to applicants and the public, and perform staff technical review and reports. The planner will provide overall direction, development and supervision of long range planning for the City; create planning documents and reports to support department initiatives; administer an active grant program and seek additional funding opportunities for the City or general public; assist with development plan review and permitting; impartially advocate for the public interest in new developments and assist the Mayor with communicating and advocating the benefits to the community of planning and zoning; coordinate activities and plans between City Departments, and sustain Madison's Certified Local Government (CLG) status.

Specific to Madison's preservation district, duties shall include assisting the public with questions regarding the process and applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA); reviewing applications for COA's; assisting the Historic District Board of Review and attending public meetings; conducting regular site visits and inspecting work for compliance with COA's and working on special projects as assigned. The planner assists other City departments with service to various committees; their ability to work well with others and as part of a team is essential.