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Ewing, NJ 08628
p: (609) 883-2900
f: (609) 538-0729 (Attention: HPC)
HPC Chair: James V. Castelize, III
James V. Castelize, III - [Term Exp 12/31/25]
Linda Evans Brown [Term expires 12/31/25]
Billy O'Neal [Term expires 12/31/25]
David W. Jones [Term exp. 12/31/24]
Lois Rivera [Term expires 12/31/26]
Julie M. Kroon [Term exp. 12/31/24]
The Ewing Historic Preservation Commission is an appointed board composed of nine members and alternates. Members serve four years, and alternates serve two year terms.
The Commission promotes historic preservation, recommends designation of historic properties, and prepares surveys of historic sites. They make recommendations to the Planning Board on the Historic Preservation Plan element in the Master Plan, advise it on the inclusion of historic sites in the recommended capital improvement program and on applications for development . Full description
The Commission’s informational brochure (updated in 2023) is available in PDF.
Ewing has a long history, as rich as the soil and the dense woodlands which attracted its earliest inhabitants. As it is in many of our neighboring communities, this heritage is reflected in the significant numbers of properties which remain intact from decades and even centuries ago – a visual and physical link to our community’s past.
But these touchstones to the past often face an uncertain future. They are subject not only to deterioration over time, but also to the costs of maintenance and the pressure of new development. The September 2010 demolition of the Reed Manor (original portion, c. 1795) and the 2009 demolition threat to the Ewing Presbyterian Church Sanctuary (1867) remind us how easily these structures can be lost to current and future generations of Ewing residents.
Local historic or “landmark” designation is the most effective method of protection that can be afforded to a privately owned property, initiating an opportunity for local review before an action is taken. We can provide information on the tools, people and groups which help property owners and communities – like Ewing – to protect and preserve these treasures and enhance our township’s legacy.
The Ewing Township Historic Preservation Commission was formed in 1986 in response to the addition of historic preservation zoning authority to the NJ Municipal Land Use Law, which governs land use and development in the state. Members of the Commission are appointed by the Mayor and serve without compensation.
The Commission’s responsibilities include:
The Commission exists to help promote and encourage the preservation of Ewing’s rich and varied historic and cultural heritage for Ewing’s future residents.
The Criteria: Is My House Historic?
Ewing Township follows the guidelines set forth in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which established the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s list of historic and cultural resources deemed worthy of preservation.
According to that Act, “historic” or landmark status is appropriate for those properties 50 years or older (sites, buildings, structures, objects, etc) that represent a significant part of the history, architecture, archeology, engineering or culture of the nation, state or municipality. The property’s “significance” is evaluated in terms of the property’s association with:
If the property meets one or more of these criteria, and it conveys its significance via integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling or association, then landmark status should be recommended.
Recent changes to what is considered normal maintenance pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code no longer mandate construction permits for the installation of siding for one and two-family detached dwellings (except for polypropylene) and the replacement of roofs for one and two-family detached dwellings.
It is very important to note that all siding and roof replacements for all Historic structures still require Historic Commission review and approval before the work can commence.
If your home or property is designated as a local landmark, and you wish to make changes to a street-facing façade, your plans must first be reviewed at a public meeting by the Preservation Commission prior to the issuance of a building permit. Codes vary from town to town, and Ewing Township’s code requirements are quite reasonable. However, if the findings and recommendations of the Commission are unacceptable to you, there is a right of appeal to the appropriate land use regulatory board.