Frederick, Maryland in the autumn.
Local governments play a critical role in identifying, protecting and enhancing historic places and
culturally significant sites. While the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) can provide support for preservation
activities, counties and municipalities have the ability to plan for historic properties, create local
preservation incentives, review changes to properties and ensure that new growth and development
enhances—rather than damages—the historic character of Maryland's communities.
Through powers granted in Title 8 of the Land Use Article, local governments have the ability to create historic
preservation commissions—sometimes called historic district commissions—to carry out preservation
activities, including the designation and review of historic properties. Some local governments have
dedicated staff to administer preservation programs, and some local programs are managed by volunteers.
MHT can assist local governments by providing guidance on the research,
survey, and registration of historic properties; through grants and loans
for preservation activities; and by responding to inquiries from individual governments about preservation
issues in their communities. The majority of MHT's planning assistance takes place through
the Certified Local Government program, a voluntary
program for which local governments must qualify to join. MHT also reviews and comments on
local comprehensive plans and amendments. In some cases, MHT partners with the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions to develop training for commissions
With questions about preservation planning or the Certified Local Government program, please
contact Nell Ziehl at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 697-9592.