Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission

The Commission shall recommend policies and ordinance changes to the Planning and Zoning Commission that affect Landmarks or Historic Districts in the City of Kirksville. The Commission approves construction plans, changes, or modifications to landmarks or historic structures that may be individual properties or parts of a historic district. The Commission approves and forwards recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission on the nomination of new Landmarks or Historic Districts. The Friends of Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery Committee is a working group under this Commission.

KHPC Agendas & Minutes

Meets: Quarterly, First Wednesday of the month at 4:00 pm

Term: Three Years

  • Lori Shook, Chair
  • Danny Ellsworth, Vice-Chair
  • Amanda Brand
  • Bill Castles
  • Robert Clement
  • Betty McLane-Iles, Planning & Zoning Representative
  • Jennifer Walston, City Council Representative
  • Ashley Young, Staff Representative

Historic Properties & Sites

Accepted Historic Properties & Sites are properties that have been nominated and approved by the KHPC & City Council as Historic Landmarks. Other Historic Properties & Sites are properties that have not been accepted by the City of Kirksville as a Historic Landmark, but possess distinct historic value in the community. It is hoped that the owners of these properties will nominate these historic properties to become Historic Landmarks.

Forms & Information

Three sources of general information about Historic Properties are available.

  • The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties 
    • “The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties” is to set forth standards for the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction of historic properties. This information is used by the State Historic Preservation Office and their staff members in planning, undertaking and supervising grant-assisted projects for preservation and restoration purposes.
  • Criteria for Consideration of Nomination
    • The “Criteria for Consideration of Nomination” is what the Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission will use, to consider each property as to its historic value. Each accepted property must meet at least one of the criteria listed on this form to be accepted.
  • Policy of Standards for Review and for Design Guidelines
    • The “Policy of Standards for Review and for Design Guidelines” is the information that is reviewed by the KHPC to determine whether a property should be given a Certificate of Appropriateness, to perform renovation, restoration, alteration, or other changes.

The Forms in this Section of the Historic Preservation web site are the forms necessary to nominate a property as a Historic Landmark, or to nominate an area as a Historic District. A property owner wishing to nominate their property as a Landmark could print out the “Nomination for Historic Landmark” form, fill it out, and submit the form to the City Clerk at City Hall to start the process. The same is true for a Historic District.

The Certificate of Appropriateness is the form given to the property owner of a historic property by the KHPC that allows him to complete renovations, alterations, or remodeling of the historic property. This would be for work that is above and beyond that of “ordinary maintenance”.

The Certificate of Economic Hardship is for the property owner who has applied for a Certificate of Appropriateness and was turned down by the Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission. If economic considerations are preventing the landowner from performing changes to the structure that would be approved by the KHPC, he can apply for the Certificate of Economic Hardship.

Helpful Links

Architectural/Historical Survey of Downtown Kirksville

Cultural Resource Survey Plan 

Kirksville Downtown Design Guidelines 

Ordinance Establishing the KHPC 

The National Register of Historic Places (MO DNR) 

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties