Canyon County Historic Preservation Commission

“Preserving the Past for the Future”

Background: The Canyon County Board of Commissioners (BOCC), by resolution, re-established the Canyon County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in January, 2013. The HPC is an advisory board in matters pertaining to historic preservation in Canyon County.

Advisory Board Membership: A diverse and remarkable group appointed by the BOCC, the members usually include: attorneys, anthropologists, archaeologists, architects, historians and historic preservationists, all having one thing in common: an interest in preserving our cultural resources as educational opportunities for the future.

Certified Local Government (CLG): Canyon County is a CLG – a program which was provided through an amendment to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The CLG gives local governments a specific, formal role in historic preservation. There are a few benefits to participating in the CLG, not the least of which is: the ability to take advantage of the experience at our Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO); and to be eligible to apply for grants each year from SHPO – federal dollars that they receive from the National Park Service.

If you’d like to receive communications about the HPC, such as monthly meeting reminders and other information, just e-mail and request to be added to the Canyon County Historic Preservation Commission e-mail distribution.

Canyon County Historic Preservation Plan (HPP): In 2018, the HPC completed an update of the original 1992 Canyon County Historic Preservation Plan. The plan provides components for two essential duties of the HPC:  it provides an outline for a viable preservation program that will be an integral part of Canyon County’s community planning; and it provides direction for the historic preservation effort within Canyon County. NOTE: the cities of Caldwell and Nampa both have their own Historic Preservation Commissions so the Canyon County plan intentionally emphasizes the areas outside these two cities.  (See “HPP” tab above for more details).

Historic Preservation Grant Program: A unique responsibility/duty of the Canyon County HPC is the administration of the Canyon County Historic Preservation Grant Program. This program funds qualified, non-profit organizations in Canyon County who have a mission of conservation, protection and maintenance of historic objects or properties. Canyon County is the ONLY county in the state of Idaho that sets aside a sliver of property tax DEDICATED to historic preservation projects every year revenue (up to 1/12 1000th per cent). Details of this grant program are described in the “Grants” tab (above).

Agenda for the HPC meeting on Tuesday, November 12

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