Historic Preservation


  • 5 p.m.
  • First Wednesday of the month
  • Cortez City Hall
    123 Roger Smith Avenue
    Cortez, CO 81321
  • All meetings are open to the public. You can email the City administrative assistant to the Board for more information.


  • Linda Towle, Chairperson
  • Holly Tatnall, Vice-Chairperson, Cortez Cultural Center
  • Mitchell Toms, Member, Chamber of Commerce
  • Rachel Weaver, Member, Realtor
  • Kathleen Russell, Member
  • Vacant, Member, Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Vacant, Montezuma County Historical Society
  • Robert Dobry, Cortez City Council Liaison
  • Helen West, City Administrative Assistant (non-voting member), email: hwest@cortezco.gov

Membership Requirement

Seven members serve on the Historic Preservation Board, one member serves as a representative from each: Planning and Zoning, Montezuma County Historical Society, Cortez Cultural Center, and the Chamber of Commerce. The other three members are positions at large. View information on the Historic Preservation Board in Chapter 6 of the Cortez Land Use Code.

History of the Historic Preservation Board

The Historic Preservation Board was officially formed as a government board in 1997 under Ordinance No. 830. The ordinance that governs the Board has been changed 3 times since: Ordinance No. 856 in 1997 increased the number of members serving on the board from 5 to 7, Ordinance No. 1086 in 2007 changed the residential requirements for those serving on the Board, and Ordinance No. 1140 in 2010 amended subsection 6.19 & 5.06(c)4()d of the City's Land Use Code to bring the Historic Preservation regulations into compliance with the State of Colorado's suggestions, allowing the City of Cortez to become a Certified Local Government. For more information on Certified Local Governments, see the Historic Structures & Preservation Page.

Historic Preservation Board - Auto Tourism Public Meeting August 23rd, 2023