At its next meeting ,HHC will decide whether your proposal is:
a. Appropriate – HHC will issue a Certificate of Appropriateness which can include conditions, and is good for 2 years. A copy will be sent to you, the Town Clerk and the Building Inspector, and you can proceed with the project.
b. Inappropriate ‐ HHC will state the reasons why it is inappropriate, and may describe what would be considered appropriate on a subsequent application. A copy will be sent to you, the Town Clerk and the Building Inspector. In some cases if it is disapproved, HHC may consider granting you a hardship, see hardship below.
c. Or Give you a Chance to Modify ‐ Rather than simply disapprove, HHC may give you up to 14 days to modify it so that it can be approved. To make this possible, you may need to request an extension to the 60 day limit mentioned below.
How Long Does this Process Take?
It takes a maximum of 60 days. HHC must get its decision to the town clerk within 60 days of the time you filed your application with the town clerk. If the HHC does not meet this deadline, they will send you a Certificate of Hardship for failure to act, and you can proceed with the project.
What if I have a Hardship?
If your building or structure is so unusual that it would be a hardship to not be able to proceed, then HHC may grant you a Certificate of Hardship if it feels it is not a detriment to the public welfare, or substantially derogates the intent or purpose of the Historic District bylaw. An example of a hardship that might be allowed is if your building is visible on all four sides from a public way so that you have no place to make an alteration that may be inappropriate. If you want to request a hardship, check the hardship box on your application.
Note: This Q&A provides highlights of the HHC process in general. For added details please refer to the Harvard Bylaw and the HHC Design Guidelines on the HHC page of the town website.