Annville Township Historic District (HARB Overlay). In the mid-1990’s, Tanya Richter and Kathy Moe of our organization helped to write a new ordinance of Annville Township, creating a historic district as a zoning overlay, and an Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) to better protect Annville’s unique and valuable collection of historic buildings. The current version of that ordinance (#587), edited and adopted by our Township Commissioners, defines the Annville Township Historic District as running along Main Street only (enclosed by the dotted lines on the map above). The purposes of the Township Historic District, as defined in the ordinance, are:
A. To protect that portion of Annville Township which reflects the cultural, economical, social, archaeological and architectural history of Annville Township, the State and the Nation.
B. To awaken in our people an interest in the historic past.
C. To promote the use and reuse of the historic buildings of Annville Township for the culture, education, pleasure and the general welfare of the people of Annville Township, the State and the Nation.
D. To strengthen the economy of Annville Township by stabilizing and improving property values within the historic district through the continued use, preservation, and restoration of its resources.
E. To encourage new buildings and developments that will be harmonious with the existing historic and architecturally important buildings.
F. To establish a clear process by which proposed changes affecting historic resources are reviewed.
G. To encourage the preservation of historic settings and landscapes.
Any modification to a building in the Annville Township Historic District (bounded by dashed lines on map) that requires a building permit be reviewed by Annville’s HARB and must receive from HARB a certificate of appropriateness before the modifications can take place. This second historic district, then, protects our valuable historic resources along the Main Street corridor in Annville.
These two districts, then, are meant to recognize and protect Annville’s unique collection of historic buildings. Federal recognition speaks to the inherent value of our collection of 18th and 19th century buildings. Our local protection measures seek to retain and build the value of our historic resources.
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