Preservation New Jersey

P. O. Box 7815 | West Trenton, NJ 08628 | (609) 392-6409 |


Programs > Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program

Does your local historic preservation commission need help? Are you having trouble building public support, formulating policies, or defending decisions? Or maybe you’re an interested citizen who wants to brush up on the most up-to-date commission and local preservation practices? Preservation New Jersey's Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) offers just what you need! 

Offered in partnership with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), the Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) is a one-day interactive training session for historic preservation commissions that will feature nationally renowned and New Jersey-familiar preservation experts and focus on fundamentals that every commission member and local preservation adovcate should know. This training will arm your commission with progressive local regulation expertise and help you get on track toward the most effective protection of your local landmarks. And, like all camps, this one’s FUN! Topics include:

  • Legal Issues: Led by Frederick C. Raffetto, Esq., former PNJ board Member and Partner in the firm of Ansell, Grimm and Aaron, PC. Mr. Raffetto has 20 years experience navigating the complexities of New Jersey’s unique Municipal and Zoning and Land Use Law, as well as Civil Litigation and Real Estate Tax Law. This session promises a “New Jersey-centric” exploration of preservation law and the legal issues faced by preservation commissions on a daily basis.
  • Standards and Guidelines: Gives participants an understanding of the relationship between Federal Standards and local design guidelines. It provides quick and easy ways to determine compatibility and help you to have confidence in making decisions.
  • Public Support: Historic preservation commissions regularly get bogged down in the day-to-day issues regarding administration of local ordinances and forget that they are public servants who should happily provide design review services as well as being enthusiastic promoters of historic preservation to local citizens. This session helps participants deal with the thorny issues surrounding the engineering of local support for designations, surviving unpopular decisions and dealing with reluctant elected officials.
  • Procedures: The strongest defense preservation commissions have against accusations of arbitrary and capricious decisions is to consistently follow established review procedures. This session deals with the essential elements of those procedures and how to ensure that they address all of the commission's needs and are followed.

Topics vary by year- check back soon for information on PNJ's next CAMP! Interested in hosting a CAMP? Give PNJ a call at (609) 392-6409!



Thank you to all those who joined us in Princeton Boro for CAMP 2011! 

See photos of CAMP 2009 in Madison