Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board
The City of Cohoes Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board (HPARB) is a five-member citizen board appointed by the Mayor with five-year staggered terms.
• Danielle Cherniak, Chair
• Barbara Hildreth, Vice Chair
• Tom Rifenberg
• Evan Lamb
• John Frainier
All owners of property located within Historic Overlay Zoning Districts in Cohoes must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) if they plan any exterior work on structures on their property or other changes to their property visible from a public street or way. This includes any change in the appearance of the property such as exterior painting, signs, awnings, light fixtures, fences, steps, sidewalks, parking lots, doors and windows, or other exterior elements. A COA is also required for new construction within designated Historic Districts, or demolition of designated local landmarks or structures within Historic Districts. In all cases, a COA is required whether or not a building permit is also necessary.
Please contact the City Planner should you have any questions regarding requirements in the historic district.
Minutes, Agendas, and Future Meeting Dates
Visit the City’s agenda center to access past meeting agendas, power points, and minutes, as well as upcoming meeting material. All scheduled meeting dates and their submission deadlines are listed below. Contact the Office of Planning should you have any questions.
|Submission Dates||Meeting Dates|
|Tuesday, January 5, 2021||Tuesday, January 19, 2021|
|Tuesday, February 2, 2021||Tuesday, February 16, 2021|
|Tuesday, March 2, 2021||Tuesday, March 16, 2021|
|Tuesday, April 6, 2021||Tuesday, April 20, 2021|
|Tuesday, May 4, 2021||Tuesday, May 18, 2021|
|Tuesday, June 1, 2021||Tuesday, June 15, 2021|
|Tuesday, July 6, 2021||Tuesday, July 20, 2021|
|Tuesday, August 3, 2021||Tuesday, August 17, 2021|
|Tuesday, September 7, 2021||Tuesday, September 21, 2021|
|Tuesday, October 5, 2021||Tuesday, October 19, 2021|
|Tuesday, November 2, 2021||Tuesday, November 16, 2021|
|Tuesday, December 7, 2021||Tuesday, December 21, 2021|
*All deadlines and meeting dates are subject to change
Gives a detailed overview of the Historic designations within the City of Cohoes, HPARB project review requirements for applicants, and best practices on renovations, restorations and new builds.
Provides a project checklist and detailed overview of the HPARB application process. \
Acceptable Color Pallet in the Historic Overlay District
The HPARB requires applicants to choose colors for exterior work and signage from the Benjamin Moore Historic Color Pallet. Please take this into account when developing your project.
Technical Preservation Guidance
Provides a comprehensive overview of maintenance and preservation techniques and best practices. Additional guidance can be provided by contacting the City Planner.