All buildings in the Old Village Historic District are subject to Design Review.
There are 2 categories of buildings: those that are 75 years old or
older are considered "Historic" and those that are less than 75 years
old are considered "Non Historic". The review process for the Historic
category of buildings is more stringent than the Non Historic category
What is Design Review?
Design review in a local historic district protects the unique
character of a place. Property owners use guidelines to help them
improve their property while keeping historic architectural integrity
How does the Design Review process work?
You must get a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the Old Village Historic District Commission before starting
- any total or partial demolition;
- exterior alteration or addition that is visible from the right-of-way;
- hardscape in the front lawn that covers more than 40% of the area;
- new construction;
- within the Old Village Historic District (OVHD).
Demolition includes demolition by neglect. Alteration includes changes
and/or additions to an existing building or structure. New construction
refers to the erection of an entirely new building or structure and
includes but is not limited to new houses, outbuildings, commercial
buildings, storage buildings, and retaining walls. A COA is also
required before moving any building into, out of, or within the HD.
The Commission reviews only exterior elevations that are visible from
the public right-of-ways. The Commission does not govern the use of a
building; the proposed use of a building cannot be considered at a COA
The Commission must approve your application if it meets all the
guidelines. The Commission may only deny applications when the proposed
work does not meet ordinance requirements. These guidelines present
objective standards by which applications can be evaluated.
Buildings, site features, and materials that are not in harmony with
the historic character of the OVHD do already exist in the OVHD; such
items were likely introduced after the period of historic significance,
when most of the area was developed, and before the introduction of the
CHD overlay zoning. You are not required to remove inharmonious
construction or inappropriate materials that already exist in the OVHD.
It is not appropriate, however, to introduce construction that does not
complement the streetscape or materials that are not on the Approved
Materials List based on the argument that it already exists in the
district. Additionally, if you remove an existing inappropriate feature
or material-such as a chain-link fence or aluminum siding-you will not
get approval to reintroduce the inappropriate feature or material to
the site or building.
Phone: 843-725-5009 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-497-9084 Fax: 843-725-6545
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