The Historical Architectural Review Board (H.A.R.B.) consists of seven members that are appointed by the Borough Council. The members of the HARB always include the following: a registered architect, a real estate broker, a licensed building inspector, a planning commission member, a property owner who resides within the Historic District, a Borough Resident who resides within the Historic District, and a Borough Resident at large. Their responsibility is to help applicants determine an appropriate approach for a repair or addition that will preserve the integrity of the home being reviewed and the neighborhood it is located in. The HARB does NOT approve or disapprove; it makes recommendations to the Borough Council based on historic appropriateness. When Borough Council approves an application, the applicant gets a Certificate of Appropriateness. The designation “Appropriate” means that a repair or renovation looks as if it belongs on a historic building in a historic neighborhood.
The HARB meets on the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers of the Borough Municipal Building. The deadline for submitting a HARB application is two weeks before the HARB meeting. There is no fee for submitting a HARB application. Please help Mechanicsburg retain its historical integrity!