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Heritage Preservation Commission
  • 4:30 PM
  • Third Thursday of each month
  • City Hall
    801 Washington St.
    Northfield, MN 55057

Special meetings are occasionally called.

For transaction of business at any meeting, four members constitute a quorum. It is desired that members make every attempt to be present at all meetings.

Please call the staff liaison with questions or concerns. 

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

 City Meeting Archives  City Meeting Portal


Alice Thomas 
   Term expires
December 31, 2019
Stephen Mohring
   Term expires
December 31, 2019
Randy Lutz
   Term expires
December 31, 2017
Barbara Evans    Term expires 
December 31, 2018
Vacant    Term expires
December 31, 2017
Jason Menard    Term expires
December 31, 2018
Dan O'Leary    Term expires
December 31, 2018
Logan Ledman Youth Rep    
Hannah Pahs Youth Rep    

Staff Liaison

 Scott Tempel  Staff Liaison  507-645-3024

Application & Membership Requirements
The commission consists of seven members, appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council.  Each member serves a three-year term, and may serve three consecutive terms.  Members do not receive monetary compensation.

Applications are available for download or by contacting the City Clerk at:
City Hall
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057


The City of Northfield Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) seeks to safeguard the heritage of Northfield by preserving sites and structure, which reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political, visual, or architectural history. Additional goals of the commission include:
  • Protect and enhance the City of Northfield's appeal to residents, visitors, and tourists
  • Serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry
  • Foster civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the past
  • Promote the preservation and continued use of historic sites and structures for the education and general welfare of the people of the City of Northfield

Downtown Design Guidelines
The Downtown Design Guidelines have been prepared to guide the HPC in their review of exterior building improvements, including signage.

HPC Review
Unless otherwise exempted in Section 4.8.3, Exemptions, in the H-O district no zoning certificate or building permit for construction, exterior alteration or rehabilitation, moving, or demolition of a building or structure on a heritage preservation site shall be issued until the project has been submitted to, and received approval of a certificate of appropriateness from the heritage preservation commission. Certificates of appropriateness shall be subject to the Type 3 review procedure.  Applicants should consult staff prior to completing the application, as individual projects may have different submittal requirements.

All signs the Downtown Historic District need a certificate of appropriateness from the HPC which can be obtained using this Type 3 application.

Heritage Preservation in Northfield
One of downtown Northfield’s greatest resources is its unique concentration of historic and architecturally interesting buildings.  More information on this can be found on the Heritage Preservation in Northfield page.