Historic Preservation Commission

 
Local governments that establish a historic preservation program meeting federal and state standards are eligible to apply to the State Historic Preservation Officer and the National Park Service for certification. A local government that receives such certification is known as a "Certified Local Government".   The City of Yelm became a Certified Local Government in December of 1987.

The Yelm Historic Preservation Commission manages the City’s historic preservation program with support from the Community Development Department.  The Commission surveys local historic properties, enforces state or local preservation laws, reviews National Register Nominations, and provides for public participation in historic preservation activities.

The eight member Yelm Historic Preservation Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month, except for July and August, at Yelm City Hall.  The major responsibility of the historic preservation commission is to identify and actively encourage the conservation of Yelm’s historic resources by initiating and maintaining a register of historic places and reviewing proposed changes to register properties; to raise community awareness of the city’s history and historic resources, and to serve as the city’s primary resource in matters of history, historic planning, and preservation. 

Current members of the Historic Preservation Commission are:

  • Ed Blake
  • Gene Coulter
  • LouAnn (Hap) Hansen
  • Claire Doyle
  • Fran Wilson
  • Sandra Story
  • Jesse Kellems
More information about the commission can be found at Chapter 18.05 Yelm Municipal Code. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Commission,  please complete an application.  Applications will be kept on file until a vacancy occurs.
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