Woodbury’s Historic Preservation Commission

The City of Woodbury established this historic district in 1977 to better preserve the unique character of our community. In addition to preserving our rich cultural and architectural heritage for future generations, the maintenance and rehabilitation of buildings in historic districts have positive effects on the community including the stabilization of neighborhoods, retention of or increased property values, and the creation of civic pride.

In order to attain these goals and preserve the historic character of Woodbury, all proposed exterior changes and alterations to a property located within the historic district must first be reviewed by the City’s Historic Preservation Commission and approved by the City Planning Board. This includes all alterations visible from a public street, sidewalk, or alley.

Owners proposing work to the exterior of their property within the Historic District must complete and submit an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to the City’s Construction and Zoning Office. The City encourages people planning work within the historic district to contact the Historic Preservation Commission early in the planning process to discuss and assist with their project.

Map of the Historic District

  • Class A– Person who is knowledgeable in building and design and construction or architectural history is assigned a four-year term.
  • Class B– Person who is knowledgeable in or with a demonstrated interest in local history is assigned a four-year term.
  • Class C– Person who is a citizen of Woodbury is assigned a two-year term.

Instructions  and Application for Filing Certificate of Appropriateness

Historic Preservation Commission Members

Name Title Class Term Expires
1 – Wanda Budd McIlvaine Chair
2 –  Lisa Leech Secretary
3 –Vacant Member    
4 – Bill Flemming Liaison to Planning & Zoning Board A
5 – Raymond W. Venable Vice Chair B
6 – Amy Sylvester Member C
7 – Vacant Member
8 – Kenneth J. McIlvaine Member C
9 –  Vacant Alternate 1 
10 – Bonnie Dann Alternate 2  C


Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Dates

All meetings are the first Wednesdays (unless otherwise indicated below). Meetings start at 7:00 PM and are held at Council Chambers, Second floor City Hall, 33 Delaware Street, Woodbury.

January 2, 2020 February 5
March 4 April 1
May 6 June 3
July 1 August 5
September 2 October 7
November 4 December 2, 2020

The following sites provide general information about historic preservation guidelines:Links to Historic Preservation Websites

  • National Park Service – The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historical Properties with guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings
  • Advisory Council on Historic Preservation – The mission of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is to promote the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our Nation’s historic resources, and advise the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. 
  • The following web sites provide guidance and information on rehabilitating historic buildings:
  • National Park Service Preservation Briefs provide useful information on specific topics, such as, the application of synthetic siding and fixing historic windows.

Information and guidance regarding the Federal tax incentives for historic preservation.

The following sites provide general information about historic preservation in New Jersey:

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