Heritage Commission

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The Heritage Commission shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the Governing Body for three (3) year terms. The Heritage Commission shall be organized in the manner and have the powers and duties provided by Section 29 of the Zoning Code. It shall not be a requirement to reside within the city limits of Abilene, Kansas to serve on said commission, however, the majority of said commission should reside within the city limits of Abilene, Kansas. (Ord. 2922 11/00)

Duties of the Heritage Commission

The City of Abilene has a 7-member appointed Heritage Commission. The Heritage Commission performs the following functions.

  • Administers the local Historic Preservation Ordinance to include the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness for improvements made to local landmarks; Reviews applications for local landmark designation; and serves as a Certified Local Government to conduct state law reviews of state and nationally listed properties on behalf of the State of Kansas.
  • Educates the public on wise preservation practices, programs and incentives for preservation; the economic benefits of historic preservation.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations on applications to the National Register of Historic Places; and
  • Maintains a local historic resources inventory

Current Members and Term

Name Term

  • Nance Scholl 2021
  • Duane Schrag (Chair) 2023
  • Phil Hamilton (Vice-Chair) 2022
  • Joanne Miles 2022
  • Mary Burtzloff 2021
  • Brenda Finn Bowers 2023
  • Andrew Pankratz 2023

Meeting and Contact Information

The Heritage Commission meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the meeting room at the Abilene Public Library.

Find Agenda and Minutes

For more information, or if you have questions please feel free to contact:
Brenda Wildman

Historic Preservation Resources

When preparing for a project on a historic structure, there are a few resources that can help ensure compliance with all historic preservation laws.