Article XXVI of the Town of Weston General By-laws was enacted in 1998 and amended in 2000 for the purpose of preserving and protecting significant buildings within the Town of Weston that are outside Local Historic Districts. The by-law is administered by the Historical Commission.
The maximum delay is 12 months, plus time needed to go through the regulatory process. This involves filing the Demolition Delay Application (PDF) and is followed by an initial determination hearing before the Historical Commission to determine significance, which is sometimes followed by a public hearing. The exact number of days between each step in the process is set by statute and explained in the ABC’s of the Demolition Delay Process: Timeline and Procedures of the Demolition Delay By-law (PDF).
To be subject to the delay provisions, a building must be “significant,” which is defined in the by-law as being constructed in whole or in part by 1945, or of unknown age, and meeting one or more of the following three criteria:
Demo Delay is determined by vote of the Commission at the initial determination meeting to be of historical or architectural significance by reason of period, style, method or building construction, or by reason of its association with a particular architect, or a builder, or with a person or event of importance to the Town’s history.
The Weston Cultural Resources Inventory lists all pre-1945 buildings located within Local Historic Districts, National Register Districts, and Historic Areas, or listed individually. The Commission continues to add to the Cultural Resources Inventory.
The Commission reviews both partial demolition and total demolition applications. Partial demolition can include changes to the exterior of the house, including changes to windows, siding, and trim as well as additions and other exterior remodeling. Particular attention is given to changes visible from the street. The Commission does not review landscaping.
On the Demolition Delay Application and Procedures Delay page you will find links to the application form and an explanation of Demolition Delay history and timelines.
Applicants should bring photographs of the house, particularly of the area where changes are to be made. If the house is to be enlarged or window locations changed, the Commission will need plans and elevations, although these do not have to be architect-stamped.