ARB Resources

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Looking for the guidelines for construction in the Scottsville Historic District? Not sure whether or not your project falls within the Historic District? Here are resources from the Architectural Review Board:

Definitions from the Scottsville Zoning Ordinance:

Historic District Guidelines
1 – General Information
2 – Rehabilitations
3 – New Construction
4 – Building Site, Paint, and Amenities

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Download a PDF of the Application
If you are planning a major project, you may want to meet with the Chair of the ARB for a pre-application meeting.

The application form indicates what must be submitted to be reviewed by the Architectural Review Board. Adding a fence to your property might require only a small sketch, whereas a new building might require detailed plans and exterior elevations. The Town Zoning Administrator and/or Chair of the Architectural Review Board can assist you with your application.

Once the application is submitted, the Architectural Review Board will review it at a its monthly meeting. The Board requires that you or a representative attend the meeting to present the project and answer any questions. Most projects require only one meeting. In the event that yours is a complex project and more material is needed, or if the design you submit is in conflict with the Scottsville Historic District Guidelines, more meetings may be required.

Upon approval by the ARB, the building permit proceeds through the normal process for new construction, in conformance with state and national building codes.

If you are denied a Certificate of Appropriateness, you may return to the Board with suggested alternatives that the Board may wish to consider for approval. You also may appeal the Architectural Review Board’s decision to the Town Council. The Town Administrator can provide you with the necessary directions and information regarding appeals.

Other Useful Resources

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

Scottsville Museum

Scottsville Library

Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society

Preservation Piedmont

Preservation Virginia

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Park Service / Technical Preservation Services

National Park Service / Historic Preservation Tax Incentives

Guide To Virginia Historical Resources