The Historic Preservation Commission reviews proposals to designate properties as historic landmarks, advises property owners on physical and financial aspects of property preservation, advises Town Council on matters related to preserving the historic character of the Town, and performs related duties. The Commission developed the conceptual plan for the Main Street Streetscape project.
The Commission consists of 5 Members, 3 of whom are appointed by the Town Council. Two of those appointees serve 3-year terms; the third appointee represents the New Castle Historical Society. One of the remaining positions is filled by each member of Town Council on a rotating 6-month basis, and the other position is held by a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. New Castle residents and up to 2 non-residents may serve on the Commission. People with expertise in a preservation-related discipline, such as history, architecture, planning, or archaeology, can be especially valuable Members, but such expertise is not required. Members of the Commission serve without compensation.
The Commission meets at least 4 times per year, on the third Monday of the month, starting at 6:30 pm at New Castle Town Hall, located at 450 West Main Street. Other meetings are scheduled as needed. Meeting agendas are posted at Town Hall, the New Castle Post Office, and the public notice boards in the Castle Valley Ranch Subdivision (at the intersection of Alder Avenue and Wagon Wheel Circle and at Kay Williams Park). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Minutes of the meetings are available at Town Hall or in the column to the left.