Purpose: The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) promotes and assists in the preservation of Will County's rural heritage through the identification, evaluation, and documentation of Will County's historic landmarks, and thereby increases and encourages public awareness of and appreciation for Will County's history and historic landscape. Website: http://www.willcountyillinois.com/County-Offices/Economic-Development/Land-Use/Administration-Planning/Historic-Preservation.
Authority: (55 ILCS 5/5-30004) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30004)
Contact: Marguerite Kenny
Phone #: (815) 774-3367
Composition: Requires: 1 Attorney, 1 Historian, 1 Architect, 1 Realtor
Meeting Date/Time: 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the County Board Room at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432.
Notes: In addition to administering Will County's Historic Preservation Ordinance, the Historic Preservation Commission also oversees several preservation programs including Will County's local landmark program, rural structures survey project, and educational workshops. The HPC and its staff are always available to provide technical, design, historical, and policy guidance. The Commission also follows adopted plans such as its Land Resource Management Plan, which incorporates Will County's Historic Preservation Plan and emphasizes the need for sensitivity to Will County's historic and cultural resources. Believing strongly in the role that partnerships play in successful preservation efforts, the Commission works with organizations and agencies inside and outside of Will County in an effort to preserve the places that bring meaning and value to each one's quality of life. Most importantly, however, the key ingredient to the effectiveness of what the Historic Preservation Commission does rests upon its partnership with the public. Whether one is a new or longstanding resident, preserving the places that remind us of where we have been provides a good foundation for where we are going.