Borough Offices: 308 Locust Street,
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717-684-2467


HARB Board

The HARB shall be composed of not less than five members and, of those:  one member shall be a registered architect; one member shall be a licensed real estate broker; one member shall be the Building Inspector; and the remaining members shall be property owners who reside in the historic district who have a demonstrated interest, knowledge, ability, experience or expertise in restoration, historic rehabilitation, or neighborhood conservation or revitalization and who have an interest in the preservation of the historic district.


The HARB is the functional arm of the Borough’s Historic District Ordinance.  The Board works to develop comprehensive design guidelines, educational materials & offerings to promote the concept of historic preservation and gain widespread public support.

All exterior work proposed for buildings in the Borough’s Historic District are examined, from permit applications to the Borough, by the Board’s consultant.  Work that can be “administratively approved” by the consultant is released for immediate construction.  Work needing HARB (Board) approval is presented by the applicant to the Board for consideration of appropriateness.  The Board provided recommendations to Borough Council for approval.

Potential applicants are encouraged to ask to be placed on the meeting agenda to discuss design concepts and receive comments from the HARB before finalizing their conceptual plans and submitting a completed application.

HARB Caring for Bricks

HARB Caring for Porches

HARB Painting Old Buildings

HARB Caring for Wood Windows

HARB Maintenance Checklist

Application Information:

Applications are available by calling 717-684-2467 or visiting the Borough Office at 308 Locust Street  or view the forms on the Borough website.

Material submission deadline:  Completed applications are due the first Friday of each month.


The HARB meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Borough Office Building.  The public is invited.




Consultant                                     Suzanne Stallings

Ted Vedock                                    Architect

Paul Paulsen                                Building Inspector

Amy Evans                                    Resident

Elaine Beckley                              Resident

Glenn Shaeffer                              Chairperson, Resident


Print Friendly, PDF & Email