Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

973-635-0674

54 Fairmount Avenue 
Chatham, NJ

Commission Members

Council Liaison: Carolyn Dempsey

Council Liaison: Frank Truilo

Regular Member - Class A- Chair: James J. Greener
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2025

Regular Member - Class A- Karen Franklin
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2025

Regular Member -Class B: Vacant

Regular Member: Lynn D. Magrane
01/01/2021 - 12/31/2024

Regular Member - Class C: Catherine Chin
02/26/2018-12/31/2021

st Alternate Class B: H.H. Montague
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2023

 2 nd Alternate: Vacant

Minutes Secretary: Liz Holler


Historic Preservation Commission Members

Members are appointed by the Mayor. Five (5) Regular Members serve 4- year terms. Two (2) Alternate Members serve 2-year terms. At least 1 Member must be Class A, Class B and a Class C appointment. Alternate Members shall meet at least the qualifications of Class C.

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Historic Preservation Commission Information

The Historic Preservation Commission was formed in 1989 for the purpose of recognizing and preserving historic resources in the Borough as an essential element of municipal character and identity which contributes to the reputation of Chatham Borough as a place of beauty and architectural value.


Regular meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in Borough Hall. Meetings are open to the public. Residents and business owners are always welcomed to attend.


While the Commission has identified various structures and districts in the Town's Master Plan, the Main Street Historic District is officially designated. This gives the Commission the responsibility to review and make recommendations to the Planning Board on applications for permits that affect the exterior appearance of any property in the District. The Planning Board will deny issuance of the permit or include the conditions in the permit, as the case may be.

Applications before either the Borough Planning Board or the Board of Adjustment are also submitted to the Commission for a Review Report when exterior appearance is affected.

Additionally, any applicant for a demolition permit must include detailed architectural plans with the application. Commission approval must be received for the proposed replacement structure.