Historic Preservation is an effective tool for encouraging sustainable growth and development, revitalizing neighborhoods, capitalizing on existing building stock and fostering Gaithersburg’s sense of place, pride, and character. Historic Preservation celebrates and preserves those aspects of our built environment, both tangible and intangible, that have shaped us a community, a city, a state, and a nation.
The City of Gaithersburg is home to two locally-designated historic districts, the Brookes, Russell and Walker Historic District and the Chestnut / Meem Historic District. Collectively, the City’s two historic districts included approximately 90 historic resources (both contributing and non-contributing). In addition to the two locally-designated historic districts, there are 20 individually-designated sites/resources located within the City.
Exterior alterations/changes to locally-designated properties, those either individually-designated or located within one of the locally-designated historic districts, require the approval by the City of Gaithersburg Historic District Commission..
Services Provided by the Planning Division
The City of Gaithersburg Planning Division is here to help you navigate the application process for Historic Area Work Permit Application, Historic Preservation Tax Credit Applications, Demolition Permit Applications, Historic Designation Applications, and Courtesy Reviews. Links to all of these applications can be found to the right.
Acting in accordance with Section 24-227.2(a)(2) of the City Code, the Mayor and City Council has adopted guidelines for the Brookes, Russell and Walker Historic District and individually-designated historic sites and guidelines for the Chestnut/Meem Historic District. Both sets of guidelines can be found here:
- Information on Historic Area Work Permits
- Information on Historic Preservation Tax Credits
- Information on Demolition Permit Applications
Master Plan - Historic Preservation Element
Chapter 426 of the Maryland Annotated Code requires that municipalities, such as the City of Gaithersburg, adopt a Master Plan comprised of various elements such as Land Use, Transportation and Sensitive Areas. A municipality may include an element focused on Historic Preservation within their adopted Master Plan. The City of Gaithersburg exercises this option.
Gaithersburg Historic District’s Fiscal Impact Study
This study was undertaken to assess the economic impacts of local historic districts on property values. Residences within the City’s two historic districts –Brookes, Russell, and Walker and Chestnut / Meem– were studied and compared to residences within the Realty Park, Observatory Heights, and Deer Park. The results show that historic designation of the two historic districts has not had a negative effect on the value of the properties contained within the district boundaries, when compared to properties within the three non-designated neighborhoods. The economic value indicators in the Brooks, Russell, and Walker and Chestnut / Meem historic districts often performed comparably –and sometimes better– than the indicators compiled for the three non-designated neighborhoods.