Historic District Commission

The City of Saugatuck Historic District Commission (HDC) is a seven member commission with an expertise in historic preservation or historic architecture that makes quasi-judiciary decisions on design review for proposed exterior work in the designated historic district.  Commission members are residents of the City of Saugatuck appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval to serve two-year terms.

What is the difference between the City of Saugatuck Historic District Commission and the Saugatuck/Douglas Historical Society?  Other than a shared interest in history and architecture, the two entities are completely separate.

The Saugatuck Historic District Commission is a municipal commission responsible for reviewing proposed work to the exterior of resources (typically buildings) in the City's Historic District to determine if the work meets the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation. Designating an area as a local historic district is one of the few ways a community can provide legal protection for its historic resources.

The Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society (SDHS) was founded in 1986 as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation with the mission to preserve local history and inspire learning to inform and improve our community. The SDHS operates the Saugatuck-Douglas History Museum in Saugatuck and the Old School House History Center in downtown Douglas. The Society’s programs, exhibits and activities seek to preserve and interpret all facets of Saugatuck-Douglas area history and share these with their members and the public. SDHS has no regulatory authority.

If you would like information on how to join SDHS please contact the Society at:

SDHS PO Box 617 Douglas, MI 49406 269-857-5751 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.sdhistoricalsociety.org

Historic District Commission Members:  
Chair: Mike Deem
Term Expires 08/01/18
Jennifer Davenport
Term Expires 08/01/19
Judy Hillman
Term Expires 08/01/17
Timothy Straker Term Expires 08/01/18
Karen Spoerl Term Expires 08/01/17
Vic Bella Term Expires 08/01/17
Nico Leo Term Expires 08/01/19


Historic District Map
Historic District Preservation Guidlines
Historic District Informational Brochure
Historic District Reconnaissance Survey
Saugatuck Historic Walking Guide


2017 Historic District Commission Meeting Information (PDF)
For copies of meeting minutes please contact the City Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

April 27
July 27
 August 24
 October 26

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