Historic Preservation

The Village is currently seeking candidates for the Historic Preservation Board
(Click here to view and print a copy of the application.)

Department News

Board Members Needed ... The Village seeks individuals to serve on the Historic Preservation Board, which serves in an advisory role to identify and administer historical, cultural, archeological, and architectural resources in the Village. Read more. [Aug 11, 2011]

Thomas Mitchell Video ... Historic Preservation Advisory Board commissioned a video of the late Thomas Mitchell re his family history and the early days in South Miami-Dade. [July 15, 2011]

What is the Historic Preservation Program?

The Village Historic Preservation Program will be in effect as of October 1, 2007. The program will promote the identification, evaluation, rehabilitation, adaptive use, and restoration of historic structures. This Web page features information about the process and criteria that will be used by the Board related to the designation of historic sites.

To view a list of all archaelogical sites and historic structures in the Village as listed in the Florida Master Site File, click here.

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Purpose of the Historic Preservation Board

The purpose of this Board will be to promote the preservation of historic resources and to cultivate an appreciation for the architectural and cultural heritage of the Village. The five-member Board will review exterior alterations and additions, relocations, proposed designations, and demolitions of designated properties in the Village of Palmetto Bay. Members are to be appointed by the Village Council, and the Chairperson is to be appointed by the Mayor.

Board members typically are architects, planners, archeologists, historians, art historians and historic preservationists. One member might be appointed by virtue of the civic involvement or concern for historic preservation. The term of the membership is two years, and all members are eligible for reappointment.

Interested in becoming a member?

Historic Preservation Board Members:

Anthony Sabbag, SE Florida Area Manager, HDR Construction Control Corp.
Juan Alayo, AIA - Alayo Architects

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Powers and Duties of the Historic Preservation Board

The Historic Preservation Board is vested with power, authority, and jurisdiction to make recommendations for designation, regulation, and administration of historical, cultural, archeological, and architectural resources in the Village.

The Historic Preservation Board has the following enumerated powers:

  1. Designate individual sites, districts and archeological and paleontological zones with the consent of the Village and Miami-Dade County.
  2. Maintain and update files from any previously accomplished historic survey within the Village for the purpose of identifying and conserving those sites, districts and zones of special historic, aesthetic, architectural, archeological, cultural, social, or political value or interest.
  3. Recommend to the Village and Miami-Dade County properties for designation as historic landmarks and historic landmark districts; regulate and administer properties as historic landmarks and historic landmark districts.
  4. Make recommendations to the Village and Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation concerning the transfer of development rights on sites designated under this division.
  5. Increase public awareness of the value of historic conservation by developing and participating in public information programs.
  6. Make recommendations to the Village concerning the utilization of grants from federal and state agencies or private groups and individuals, and utilization of Village funds to promote the preservation of archaeologically, historically and aesthetically significant sites, districts and zones.
  7. Approve historic markers and plaques and issue recognition to designated historic landmarks and historic landmark districts within the Village.
  8. Advise the Village on all matters related to the use, administration and maintenance of Village-owned designated historic landmarks and historic landmark districts.

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Standards for Designation

(a) Criteria. The Board shall have the authority to make recommendations to the Village and Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation to designate , areas, places, buildings, structures, landscape features, archeological and paleontological sites and other improvements or physical features, as individual sites, districts or archeological or paleontological zones that are significant in Village of Palmetto Bay or Miami-Dade County's history, architecture, paleontology, archeology or culture and possess an integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship or association, or:

(1) Are associated with distinctive elements of the cultural, social, political, economic, scientific, religious, prehistoric, paleontological and architectural history that have contributed to the pattern of history in the Village of Palmetto Bay, Miami-Dade County, south Florida, the State or the nation; or

(2) Are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; or

(3) Embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, style or method of construction or work of a master; or that possess high artistic value; or that represent a distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or

(4) Have yielded, or are likely to yield information in history or prehistory; or

(5) Are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

(6) Contain any subsurface remains of historical or archaeological importance or any unusual ground formations of archaeological significance.

(b) Properties not generally considered; exceptions. Certain properties, which include cemeteries, birthplaces, properties owned by religious institutions or used for religious purposes, structures that have been moved from their original locations, properties commemorative in nature and properties that have achieved significance within the last 50 years, will not normally be considered for designation. However, such properties will qualify if they are integral parts of districts that do meet the criteria, or if they fall within the following categories:

(1) A religious property deriving primary significance from architectural or artistic distinction of historical importance.

(2) A building or structure removed from its location but which is primarily significant for architectural value, or is the surviving structure most importantly associated with an historic event or person.

(3) A birthplace or grave of an historical figure of outstanding importance if there is no other appropriate site or building directly associated with his/her productive life.

(4) A cemetery which derives its primary significance from graves of persons of transcendent importance, from age, distinctive design features, or from association with historic events.

(5) A property primarily commemorative in intent if design, age, tradition or symbolic value has invested it with its own historical significance.

(c) A property or district achieving significance within the past fifty 50 years if it is of exceptional importance.

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Procedures for Designation

Properties which meet the criteria set forth hereinbelow may be designated as archaeological or historical sites in accordance with the following procedures:

(a) Proposals. Proposals for designation may be made by the owner, the Board, the Village, and Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation, and shall include but not be limited to the legal description of the site, photographs of the site, a statement of significance and other information supporting the proposal.

(b) Designation report. For every proposed site, the Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation shall prepare a designation report containing the following information:

  1. (1) Statement of significance. A statement outlining the significance of the proposed site, the criteria upon which the designation is based and a physical description of the property.
  2. (2) Boundaries. A map or maps indicating proposed boundaries. Archaeological site boundaries shall generally conform to natural physiographic features which were the focal points for prehistoric and historic activities or may be drawn along property lines, streets, or geographic features to facilitate efficient management.
  3. (3) Recommendation. The designation report shall also contain a recommendation whether the Board should designate the property as an archaeological site.

(c) Consideration by Board. The Board shall conduct a public meeting to determine whether the proposed archaeological site meets the criteria outlined herein for the purpose of considering all proposed designations and shall recommend, approve, approve with conditions, amend, or deny the proposed designation report as prepared by the Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation. Final designation lies with the Miami-Dade County Office of Historic Preservation.

For additional information concerning the designation process, please download a copy of the Historic Preservation Ordinance.

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Historic Preservation Documents & Links

Historic Preservation Brochure

Historic Preservation Ordinance

Historic Preservation Board Application

Historic properties incentives

Designated Historic Places Brochure

Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Structure

Miami-Dade Office of Historic Preservation

Our Historic Past

"HISTORIC PLACES" of Palmetto Bay

Vintage Area-Photographs:

Old Cutler Road (1920s - 1969)
US-1 Commercial Corridor (1913 - 1969)
Aerials (1955)
Aerials - Coral Reef Dr. (1956)

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For more information, please contact Planning & Zoning at 305-259-1271; or contact the Miami-Dade Office of Historic Preservation at 305-375-4958.

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