Historic District Commission

About the Historic District Commission


To regulate the construction, addition, alteration, repair, moving, excavation, and demolition of resources in historic districts within the City limits. The purpose of this Commission is to safeguard the heritage of the City of Charlevoix by preserving districts which reflect elements of its history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or culture. 


The Commission shall have those powers and duties prescribed in the Ordinance known as the "Historic District Governing Ordinance of the City of Charlevoix," currently being Sections 1.325-1.347 of Chapter 1, Title I of the City Code.  The Commission may have such additional powers and duties as the City Council may prescribe by ordinance.

The Commission shall review and act upon only exterior features of a resource and shall not review and act upon interior arrangements unless specifically authorized to do so by the City Council or unless interior work will cause visible change to the exterior of the resource. The Commission shall not disapprove an application due to considerations not prescribed in subsection 399.205 (3) of Public Act 169 of 1970, as amended. The Commission shall file Certificates of Appropriateness, Notices to Proceed, and Denials of applications for permits with the inspector of buildings.


In reviewing plans, the Commission shall follow the U.S. Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and guidelines for rehabilitating historic buildings as set forth in 36 C.F.R. part 67. Design review standards and guidelines that address special design characteristics of historic districts administered by the Commission may be followed if they are equivalent in guidance to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards and guidelines and are established or approved by the State Historic Preservation Office of the Michigan Historical Center.


4th Friday of the month, as needed. The Historic District Commission shall meet at least quarterly or more frequently at the call of the Commission. Meetings are held at 11:00 AM in City Hall.


Each member of the Commission shall reside within the city limits. The Commission shall consist of seven members. A majority of the members shall have a clearly demonstrated interest in or knowledge of historic preservation.


City Council


Members shall be appointed for a term of three years. 



Staff Liaison Department

Lindsey Dotson, DDA/Main Street Executive Director (231) 547-3257


  • Vicki Voisin, Chair
    Term expires: June 2019
    502 Michigan Avenue
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-6284
    Cell Phone: 231-547-8524
  • Mary Adams
    Term expires: June 2021
    429 Michigan Avenue
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-0348
    Cell Phone: 231-237-9773
  • John Campbell
    Term expires: June 2020
    309 E Dixon
    P.O. Box 528
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-2478
    Cell Phone: 231-330-3559
  • Lindsey Dotson, Main Street Director - Advisor
    Office Phone: 231-547-3257

  • Kay Heise
    Term expires: June 2020
    200 Auld Street
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-3565
  • David Miles
    Term expires: June 2020
    109 Park Avenue
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-6736
    Office:  231-547-0373
  • Paul Westin
    Term expires: June 2021
    110 Burns Street
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-6603
    Cell Phone: 231-409-3389
  • Hans Wiemer - Architect Member
    Term expires: June 2019
    514 Michigan Avenue
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-4278

Commission Information

The commission was established on May 15, 2006. Seven members are appointed by the Council for three year terms. One member must be an architect, per Ordinance 706 of 2005 and 711 of 2006.