During 2008, the Board of Selectmen authorized the creation of an Ad-Hoc Historic Preservation Commission. The ad-hoc committee was instructed to look into how Wiscasset could protect its historic buildings and sites. The purpose of this Ad-Hoc Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance is to provide a framework within which the residents of the Town of Wiscasset can protect the historic, architectural and cultural heritage of significant areas, landmarks and sites in the Town while accepting compatible new construction. The heritage and economic well-being of the Town will be strengthened by preserving its architectural and historic setting, conserving property values in unique areas, fostering civic beauty, and promoting the use of historic or architecturally significant buildings for the education and welfare of the citizens of the Town of Wiscasset. The intent of this Ordinance is to in every way possible assist property owners to maintain the architectural integrity of historic resources within the Town. Once destroyed, their history cannot be replaced. To prevent such losses, the intent of this Ordinance is to: A. Protect, preserve and enhance the outward appearance and architectural features of structures within designated districts or designated sites or landmarks. B. Prevent the demolition or removal of significant historic buildings or structures within designated districts or designated sites or landmarks and other significant design elements. C. Preserve, protect and enhance the essential character of designated districts by protecting relationships of groups of buildings or structures. D. In designated districts, accept new buildings and structures which are designed and built in a manner which is compatible with the character of the district. E. Promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the people of the Town of Wiscasset.
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