Historic District Commission

Commission Overview

The Canton Township Historic District Commission, made up of seven commissioners appointed by the Canton Supervisor, was formed by township ordinance, Chapter 90, Sections 90-1 through 90-97. The Commission is tasked to preserve historically significant areas of the Township which are designated by the Township Board of Trustees Local Historic Districts.

The Commission is responsible for reviewing any proposed changes to the exterior of structures listed as local historic districts, to preserve important historic characteristics and ensure that all work conforms to "The Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings."


The Historic District Commission meeting schedule for year 2018 is as follows:  January 3rd, April 4th, August 1st and September 5th - and will be continuing on a monthly basis for October through December - specific dates will be on the website under "Government/Boards and Commissions".  The meetings will be at 7:00 pm at the Cherry Hill School, 50440 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, Michigan unless other wise specified.

Commission Members

The commission is made up of seven Canton residents who are appointed by the Township Supervisor subject to the approval of the Board. Volunteers serve 3-year terms.
  • David Curtis
  • Stephen Foley, Chairperson
  • Kathy Martin, Vice-Chairperson
  • Darrin Silvester
  • Ralph Welton
  • JoAnn Dionne
  • Vacant Position

Staff Members

Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)

This is done through the township building permit process. When a proposed change to the exterior of a property is submitted to the township’s Building and Inspection Division, it is referred to the commission for a Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF). The commission’s approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness allows the Building and Inspection Division to proceed with a review of the permit. For more information, please visit the Certificate of Appropriateness Application Information page.