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The Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission reviews all demolition applications in the County regardless of historic designation. In most cases, historic properties will be documented prior to approval for demolition. For designated historic landmarks only, the Commission will give careful consideration to economic hardship and then issue a recommendation or denial of a Certificate of Appropriateness/Certificate of Economic Hardship.
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Any property, structure, or natural feature located within unincorporated Kankakee County which is worthy of rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation because of its historic, scenic, or architectural significance may be considered by the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission
No. According to the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Ordinance, owner consent is not required; however, it is considered during the nomination procedure. Any individual or group of individuals as well as the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission may propose landmarks or preservation districts for designation by the County Board.
Landmark designation is not intended to usurp your property rights. Property owners still maintain the right to alter or sell their property according to their own initiatives. Alterations must be reviewed by the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission.
Yes, in accordance with the provisions of the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Ordinance, public hearings are held in order to allow property owners the opportunity to present oral and/or written testimony concerning the nomination. Following the testimony articulated at the public hearing, and in addition to their own findings of fact, the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission will determine whether or not the nomination should be recommended to the County Board for landmark designation.
Though quantitative information is limited on the effects of landmark designation upon real estate values, the general trend suggests that landmark designation will not increase or decrease the value of your property or surrounding properties. The National Trust for Historic for Historic Preservation has conducted studies on this issue. For more information, please contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Midwest Office at 312-939-5547.
No. In most cases, designated historic properties are sold without any conflict over the sale price.
No. In most instances, landmark designation does not affect your insurance rates.
The Kankakee County Historic Preservation Ordinance, protects designated landmarks from any alteration, construction or demolition and requires the maintenance of any designated landmark. All work must be completed after a Certificate of Appropriateness has been granted by the Commission according to the established Standards for Review. Failure comply with the Ordinance shall be subject to financial penalties. In certain cases and upon documentation, the Commission may issue a Certificate of Economic Hardship.
According to the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Ordinance, a Certificate of Appropriateness is a "certificate issued by a Preservation Commission indicating its approval of plans for alteration, construction, demolition, or removal affecting a nominated or designated landmark or property within a nominated or designated preservation district.
According to the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Ordinance, a Certificate of Economic Hardship is a "certificate issued by the Preservation Commission authorizing an alteration, construction, removal or demolition even though a Certificate of Appropriateness has previously been denied or may be denied.
Yes. Proposed major alterations of designated properties must be submitted and reviewed by the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission; However, unless the changes will dramatically alter the architectural and historic integrity of the building, structure, or site, the Commission will generally approve the proposed alteration(s).
Landmark designation does not obligate a property owner to rehabilitate his or her property. However, once a property is designated a historic landmark, it becomes eligible for various grants to assist with rehabilitation.
Any property, structure, or natural feature located within the unincorporated area of Kankakee County which is worthy of preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration because of its historic, scenic, or architectural significance may be considered by the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).
Any individual or group of individuals as well as HPC may propose landmarks or reservation districts for designation by the Kankakee County Board.
Upon the receipt of a completed Historic Landmark Nomination Form, HPC shall provide within fourteen days an initial report stating if the nominated property meets the criteria for designation.
Within thirty days of the completion of the initial findings, HPC shall schedule a public hearing on the nomination. Within sixty days from the close of the public hearing shall make a recommendation to the County Board. Within sixty days, the County Board shall either
Upon designation as a landmark, the owner of the property shall be notified as well as the Recorder of Deeds, the County Clerk, and HPC.
No fees are required to submit an application for the nomination of a property for landmark designation.
Yes, in accordance with legal requirements of public hearings. Additionally, adjacent landowners will be notified of pending action.
"Common name" refers to any name by which the property is generally known by at the present time. "Historic name" refers to any name(s) by which the property was previously known either officially or unofficially.
Yes, photocopy reproductions of maps, photographs, historic views, and printed materials (such as diary accounts) are acceptable. However, digital photographs are required with each application. The Commission and its staff will complete additional photography for record and any presentations.
Yes. The application will not be considered complete and will not be processed without the inclusion of this information.
The County Historic Preservation Ordinance, can be downloaded at the link provided above or a printed copy is available for review at the Kankakee County planning Department.
Contact the Kankakee County Planning Department Historic Preservation Staff:
Additionally, the Commission would make arrangements to be available to provide informal reviews of a proposed landmark nomination prior to the completion of a nomination form.