Historic District Commission


The commission is charged with reviewing plans and applications for the construction, alteration, repair of historic properties. In addition, the commission maintains the roster of established and potential districts, may initiate district modification procedures and reviews proposed exterior changes to properties within the Portage Historic District.

The Historic District Commission (HDC) is governed by the Michigan Local Historic Districts Act (PA 169 of 1970) in conjunction with Section 38 of the Portage Code of Ordinances. For more information on specific treatment or project guidelines, see the National Park Service's Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines.


This is a nine-member commission.

Regular Meetings

  • 8:15 a.m.
  • 1st Wednesday of every month
  • City Hall
    7900 S Westnedge Avenue
    Portage, MI 49002

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

18th Annual Preservation Celebration

Wetherbee Farm
10209 Portage Road
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Noon - 4:00 pm 

Historic District Commission event on Eventbrite

Enjoy a spring afternoon at the picturesque Wetherbee Farm. This reclaimed Michigan Centennial Farm built in 1870 features an Italianate home with serene landscape and horses at play. The day will feature historic demonstrations, horse shows, music, games, and much more. 

Tickets $5.00 (Children 12 and under FREE) – early tickets sold online or at the Portage Senior Center.  Tickets will also be available at the door on day of event.


Where the Trails Crossed: The Commission promotes "Where the Trails Crossed."  This 67-page full color book highlights the story of 42 of the oldest properties in the City of Portage.  Where the Trails Crossed is available at Portage City Hall (7900 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI  49002) for $5.

Portage & Its Past by Grace J. Potts - Digital Format: First published in 1976 by Portage Public Schools and the Portage Library, Ms. Potts’ Portage and Its Past is one of the first comprehensive histories written about the area. The HDC was able to duplicate the book with the support and collaboration of Portage Public Schools.

  1. Portage and Its Past - Part One (PDF)
  2. Portage and Its Past - Part Two (PDF)
  3. Portage and Its Past - Part Three (PDF)