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Heritage Commission
Heritage Commission Overview
The Heritage Commission shall consist of seven (7) members, all of whom must reside within the city limits, to be appointed by the City Commission.  The membership of the Commission shall include, but not limited to, one architect, one member of the real estate profession, on city planning commissioner, one representative of the Dickinson County Historical Society, one trained historian or archaeologist, if available, and other individuals that the City Commission may wish to consider.

Heritage Commission Duties
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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 historic resources inventory

Current Members and terms
Name Term
VACANT 2020 VACANT 2020 Duane Schrag (Chair) 2020 Mary Burtzloff 2021 Nanc Scholl 2021 Phil Hamilton (Vice-Chair) 2022 Joanne Miles 2022

Meeting and Contact Information
The Heritage Commission meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 4 pm in the Malott Room at the Abilene Public Library located at 209 NW 4th Street.

For more information or questions regarding the Heritage Commission please feel free to contact:


Historic Preservation Documents
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The following forms are associated with the activities of the Heritage Commission.

Zoning Ordinance, Section 29 - Historic Conservation District;
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation;
Downtown Abilene Historic District Nomination;
Abilene Downtown Historic District, by James Holland, Sally Schwenk and Kerry Davis

Connect with Us
City of Abilene
P.O. Box 519
Abilene, Kansas 67410
Phone: 785-263-2550
Fax: 785-263-2532
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