Will new construction be prevented at historic sites?
In designating a historic site, the Historic Preservation Commission is seeking to give recognition to a cultural resource that is still a viable asset to the community. The Village does not want an area to stop growing and improving just because it has been designated as historic. As a result, new construction that is sympathetic to its surroundings in style, size, scale, materials, and color will be allowed. A new building or an addition should be designed to respect the architectural integrity of the major publicly visible elevations of the older buildings around it or should be located completely out of sight.

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1. What properties are eligible for designation as local historic structures or sites?
2. How are structures and sites designated?
3. What are the advantages of having a property declared historic by the Village of Whitefish Bay?
4. What is the purpose of the design review responsibility by the Whitefish Bay Architectural Review Commission and how does the review process work?
5. Can designated historic properties be demolished?
6. Will owners be forced to restore or improve their historic properties if they are designated?
7. Will new construction be prevented at historic sites?
8. Will property taxes be increased as a result of historic designation?
9. How does one obtain an application to have a building or site dedicated historic or request permission to make a change to an already designated property?