Landmarks Preservation Board
The Landmarks Preservation Board is a board dedicated to the protection and preservation of Yonkers’ architectural, historical and cultural resources. It is comprised of eleven Landmarks Preservation Board Members who are residents of Yonkers. The Board must include one member of the Yonkers Historical Society, two members who are licensed architects, two who are archaeologists, city planners, historians or preservationists, and a member who is a licensed realtor. Members are appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council. The Mayor appoints a Chairperson, subject to consent by the City Council. The Board Members designate a Vice Chairperson who acts as head of the Board in the absence of the Chairperson. The members’ terms are staggered.
The Landmarks Preservation Board has two principal functions, it prepares reports on nominations of structures and places as landmarks or historic districts and it issues approvals for landmarks, buildings or sites in historic districts. In its review role on landmark and district nominations, the Board makes recommendations to the City Council. Once a site or district is created by the Council the Landmarks Preservation Board has the authority to make determinations on the historical appropriateness of proposed new buildings, structures or changes to existing buildings. Certificates of appropriateness may be required for work that does not otherwise require a building permit. Nominations for historic districts are most commonly made by neighborhood associations with the help of a professional planner or preservationist. The Planning Bureau has significant resources that are available to groups or persons seeking to make such an application. The city staff will assist in reviewing the application and can offer insights into the process. A certificate of appropriateness is a determination by the Landmarks Preservation Board that the proposed change to the place or structure supports the existing historic character. The Landmarks Board has established a list of types of work in which the Planning Bureau staff may issue certificates of appropriateness. Maintenance, repair or painting which does not alter the design, material color our outward appearance does not require certificates of appropriateness.
The Landmarks Preservation Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 P.M. at City Hall. Landmarks Preservation Board submissions are due fourteen calendar days prior to the meeting. All meetings are open to the public. The Landmarks Board must hold public hearings on applications to landmark a structure[s] or form an historic district. The Landmarks Board also conducts biannual field meetings in which they may issue on-site approvals. The Landmarks Preservation schedules subcommittee meetings, work sessions and site visits as necessary.