PRIVATE PARTY RENTAL FOR A SPECIAL WEDDING CEREMONY AT THE HEN HOUSE ON SAT. SEPT 26 FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM. PLEASE GIVE THE GUESTS PRIVACY IN THE APPLE ORCHARD. THANK YOU !

The Historic District Commission promotes Cranberry Lake Farm for enjoyment and education through voter approved preservation millage funds, which includes the maintenance, operations, and development of Cranberry Lake Farm as a community historical center. Come out and enjoy!

General Election November 3, 2020   
RENEWAL OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICT OPERATING MILLAGE

  1. How will the historic preservation ballot question be worded?   

Shall the Charter Township of Oakland be authorized to renew a levy of up to .1096 for a period of ten (10) years, starting with the December 2022 levy, for the purpose of continuing to fund historic preservation, education, restoration, acquisition, and maintenance within the Charter Township of Oakland? As part of this purpose, this millage includes funding for the development and maintenance of the Cranberry lake Farm Historic District, a site listed as a community historic center on the National Register of Historic Places.

Approval of this proposal would renew the previously authorized tax limitation increase of approximately .11 cents per $1,000 of taxable value on all taxable property in the township, or $10.96 per year on a home with a taxable value of $100,000. Revenue from the levy renewal shall be disbursed to the Charter Township of Oakland. Based upon the projected 2022 Township wide taxable value, it is estimated that this proposal would result in authorization to collect up to $178,888.10 of revenue in the first year (2022) if this millage renewal is authorized and levied.

2.   Why is the Historic District Operating Millage being requested and how will the funds be used? 

The renewal will allow the township to continue maintaining the township-owned Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District, a designated sixteen acres which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has a State Historical Marker, and is a local historic district. Currently the site is being developed as a community historical center with farm buildings, pathways, and picnic areas. Plans are underway to develop a pathway past the Hen House, landscape views and restored garden areas, create a new children’s literature garden, restore implements, rehabilitate the lost Dairy Barn foot print, and provide signage on the history of the farm. Two of the buildings will require a roof replacement in the next five years, and all the buildings are painted on a rotation schedule. Several community programs are offered throughout the year to reach more residents to learn about the farm and agricultural history. The HDC has set funds aside to restore areas of Kline Cemetery and create a safer entry access. The millage has funded one fulltime Historic Preservation Planner and one part-time Research Assistant.  

Revised Site Aerial Map db - Copy 
(Click here to see map in FOCUS.)

HDC SPECIAL MEETING SEPTEMBER 21, 2020  AND NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS OCTOBER 21, 2020 AT 7:00 PM. 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
T
he next regular HDC meeting is on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM. For further information, please contact Barbara Barber, Historic Preservation Planner, at the office number 248-608-6807 or bbarber@oaklandtownship.org  
Drone Video of Cranberry Lake Farm soon!

The Historic District Commission normally meets the third Wednesday of the month in the Township Hall board room unless otherwise stated on the public agenda. 

Oakland Township Seeks Historic District Commission Member
The Charter Township of Oakland welcomes residents that have a passion for our Township and local preservation. The HDC oversees local historic districts, offers guidance to homeowners, and attempts to educate residents on preserving our cultural heritage. The HDC also manages the operations of Cranberry Lake Farm (CLF) Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, a community gem being developed as a historic park and community historical center.  Commissioners will play a very important role in contributing to CLF site development, collaborating with other organizations, and promoting historic preservation in Oakland Township.  Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM with a per diem of $70 per meeting. Someone with an interest in history, architecture and construction knowledge, would be an additional asset.  Candidate must be a resident of Oakland Township. For further information and application, please contact Barbara Barber at bbarber@oaklandtownship.org or call the office phone 248-608-6807.


The Historic District Commission Agendas, online Meeting Packet, and Meeting Minutes can now be viewed at the eCode360 website.   For the Meeting packet, please open the link called Misc. Documents. 

Link to the conceptual landscape master plan for Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District.  We are VERY EXCITED about the ideas. Funding for the landscape architect Brian Devlin, RLA, Nagy Devlin 

Sq Dance barn photo boy

Land Design is provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation Michigan Preservation Funds. 

Link to HDC Newsletter Pages! Read all about the activities!
A very special ceremony was held at Cranberry Lake Farm Historic District on the main house porch!  Go to our user permits to see more of the special photos and how you may reserve the site for your special gathering. Rental pricing and application is located in the left hand column under User Permits and Fees. Thank you!      

Photo credits to Brett Loie.
wedding main house porch

The HDC office is located in the second floor of the Paint Creek Mill Building, 4480 Orion Road.  HDC office hours normally from 8 am to 4:30 PM. However, due to working in the field and/or evening meetings, hours may be adjusted.  Please feel free to stop in during those hours, or call to confirm an appointment if you wish to speak with Barbara. Thank you.

"It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future." William J. Murtagh, Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America

Mission StatementCranberry Lake Farm Historic District Main House

The mission of the Charter Township of Oakland Historic District Commission is to promote and preserve the rich heritage of our township by safeguarding its historical resources. This is accomplished through the following:
 
  • Cultivating an appreciation for the heritage of Oakland Township.
  • Educating our residents about the value of preserving the buildings, structures and areas that have contributed to this heritage.
  • Encouraging the listing of new resources so that future generations can benefit from them.
  • Administering the Charter Township of Oakland’s Historic District Ordinance, Ordinance 37A.
  • Collaborating with other commissions and groups that have a mutual interest in preserving our Township’s heritage.

 Commissioners:

Chairperson:  David A. Phillips (term expires 5/21)
Vice Chair:  Gene Ferrera (term expires 5/20)
Secretary:  John Sanderson (term expires 5/22)

Commissioners: Ron Bargy (term expires 5/21) Robert Bowen (term expires 5/21) Bruce Parkinson (term expires 5/22) Donald Westphal (term expires 5/20)

Historic District Commissioners are appointed by the Board of Trustees and serve three-year terms.

Some Fun Events photos: