Historic Preservation Commission
About the Commission
The major responsibilities of the Historic Preservation Commission are to identify and actively encourage the conservation of Pasco's historic resources by reviewing National Register properties applying for Special Tax Valuation; to raise community awareness of Pasco's history and historic resources; and to serve as the City of Pasco's primary resource in matters of history, historic planning, and preservation.
Special Tax Valuation
During its 1985 session, the Washington State Legislature passed a law that allows a special tax valuation for qualifying historic properties within the state. The primary benefit of the law is that during the 10-year special valuation period, property taxes will not reflect substantial improvements made to the property.
Any proposed changes to properties benefiting from the special tax valuation, or designed as historic landmarks or districts on the Pasco Register of Historic Places requires review by the City of Pasco Historic Preservation Commission and the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF).
Commissioners serving on the Historic Preservation Commission (in order of position) are:
- Commissioner Malin Bergstrom
- Commission Chair Dan Stafford
- Commissioner Marilynn Baker
- Commissioner Tom Brandon
- Commissioner Devi Tate
- Meets as necessary at 5:15 pm on the second Wednesday of the month
- City Hall: 525 N. Third Avenue Pasco, WA 99301
The City is always interested in recruiting candidates with experience and/or training in architecture, history, architectural history, planning, prehistoric and historic archaeology, folklore, cultural anthropology, curatorship, conservation, landscape architecture, or related disciplines to the Historic Preservation Commission.
If you are interested in joining the Historic Preservation Commission feel free to fill out a Boards and Commissions Application.