Historic District Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month
  • City Council Chambers (location subject to change)
    1 S Huron Street
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agenda (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes
 Members  Term Length
Alex Pettit, Chair February 1, 2019 - December 31, 2022
Erika Lindsay February 1, 2021- January 31, 2024
 Amy Swift October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2022
 James Chesnut January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022
James Ratzlaff December 2020 - December 31, 2023
Stefan Szumko June 7, 2021 - December 31, 2024 


The Historic District Commission (HDC) guides development and renovation in the Historic District in order to safeguard Ypsilanti's built resources. Any proposed work done on the exterior of a structure within the District must be reviewed by the HDC. This includes new construction, reconstruction, renovation, restoration, or painting of any property or historic landmark within the Historic District, as well as work on site features such as driveways, retaining walls, and fences. The HDC abides by their set of adopted Rules and Regulations.

The Commission bases its decisions on criteria defined in the city's Historic District Ordinance. The HDC has created a series of fact sheets to provide general guidelines on common projects.

The term length for Commissioners is 3 years.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on the Tuesday one week prior to the meeting, at the Building Department front counter on the third floor of City Hall.

Historic District Boundaries

The Historic District boundaries are shown generally in the Historic District Map. 401 and 407 S. Adams, 601 W. Forest, and the Ypsilanti Water Tower are also part of the Historic District, and the Starkweather Historic District is located at 1266 Huron River Drive.

More Information

Contact the Planning and Development Department for more information at 734-483-9646.