According to Title II, Chapter 40, Section 8D of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Commission is established once the Town has accepted the section. The Town voted to accept this section at the annual meeting in 1974. The Commission consists of three to seven members appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
We are the town agency responsible for ensuring that preservation concerns are considered in community planning and development decisions. As advocates of local preservation we are also a resource for information about historical resources and preservation activities. We work with the Massachusetts Historical Commission and other agencies to help insure that distinctive and important characteristics of Northfield are preserved and that new developments are compatible. The Commission is the conduit through which any local sites are passed that are submitted for National Register consideration.