Heritage Preservation Commission Districts

The City of Stillwater utilizes three types of districts to help preserve and protect Stillwater's community character: historic districts, neighborhood conservation districts and cultural landscape districts.

Historic Districts

A historic district is a  group of buildings, properties, or sites that have been designated by the City of Stillwater as historically or architecturally significant.  The only historic district in the City of Stillwater is the Downtown Commercial Historic District. This district is both a local district and a National Register district. 

In more recent years the Heritage Preservation Commission has sought to create small historic districts in residential neighborhoods. To learn more about historic districts (what they are, the difference between local and national districts, and what are some of the advantages of historic districts), please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page developed by the Heritage Preservation Commission.

Neighborhood Conservation Districts

A Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) is a zoning tool used to preserve, revitalize, protect, and enhance significant older areas within Stillwater.

Cultural Landscape Districts

A Cultural Landscape District is a geographic area (including both cultural and natural resources and the wildlife or domestic animals therein), associated with a historic event, activity, or person or exhibiting other cultural or aesthetic values. There are four general types of cultural landscapes, not mutually exclusive: historic sites, historic designed landscapes, historic vernacular landscapes, and ethnographic landscapes.