Board of Architectural Review

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The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review (BAR) is a nine-member citizen board appointed by City Council that is responsible for protecting individually designated historic properties and properties within Architectural Design Control districts and Historic Conservation Districts within the city.

The BAR reviews changes to the exterior of designated properties in architectural design control districts. Their review includes new building construction, alterations, building additions, and demolitions. Some minor changes to the exterior of a property, such as paint color and signs, may be reviewed administratively by city staff.

The BAR generally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.

City Council can overturn board decisions and did so in early May 2016 when they overturned a BAR ruling that denied a Venable neighborhood home from being expanded into a multifamily unit. [1]

Members

The Board must include at least two licensed architects; a member of the city's planning commission; two owners of a business or commercial property in a design control district; one owner of residential property or a resident in a design control district; either a landscape architect or a licensed professional contractor; and two historians or people with a substantial background in history or historic preservation. [2]


  • Melanie Miller, Chair, Owner of residential property or a resident in a design control district (term expires 1/1/2016)
  • Tim Mohr, Vice Chair, Licensed Architect (term expires 1/1/2018)
  • Stephen Balut, (appointed 3/8/2016)
  • Emma Earnst, Historian (term expires 1/1/2016)
  • Whit Graves Owner of business in ADC District (term expires 1/1/2018)
  • Justin Sarafin, Historian (term expires 1/1/2016)
  • Carl Schwarz, Licensed Architect (term expires 1/1/2018)
  • Breck Gastinger, Landscape Architect (term expires 1/1/2020)

Former Members

References

  1. Web. Council overturns BAR denial of Venable home expansion, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 4, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  2. Web. BAR Members, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 1 Feb 2012.
  3. Web. BAR Actions, August 16, 2011, Mary Joy Scala, City of Charlottesville, retrieved August 19, 2011.
  4. Web. BAR Actions, August 16, 2011, Mary Joy Scala, City of Charlottesville, retrieved August 19, 2011.

External Links

Board of Architectural Reviewon the City website.