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UPDATED April 2019

Historic Resources Committee meetings are held on the second Friday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the NDS Conference Room. Anyone is welcome to attend.

BAR meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month starting at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, City Hall. See the agenda on this website. Enter the building from the E. Main Street mall entrance.

Updated maps have been prepared that show the City's Local Historic (regulatory) districts including Architectural Design Control Districts and Historic Conservation Districts; and the City's (honorary) National Register and Virginia Register districts.

Contributing structures located within the historic district may be eligible for tax credits for rehabilitation.  Click the link below for more information.

Federal and State Rehabilitation Tax Credits

The Comprehensive Plan was updated and adopted by City Council on August 19, 2013.  Chapter 7 covers Historic Preservation and Urban Design. See the entire adopted version here.

City Council approved the 5-year review of and revisions to the Architectural Design Control (ADC) District Design Guidelines on September 17, 2012. The Guidelines are required to be reviewed every five years. The (long-term) tents and mural guidelines were amended by City Council on October 21, 2013. The West Main Street Contributing Properties Map was updated by City Council on December 2, 2013. The Guidelines may be viewed online here.

That BAR and preservation staff are currently working updating the ADC Guidelines.

City Council approved the 5-year review of and revisions to the Entrance Corridor (EC) Design Guidelines on March 7, 2011. The Guidelines are required to be reviewed every five years. They may be viewed online here.

The Woolen Mills Village historic district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 12, 2010, and on the Virginia Landmarks Register on December 17, 2009.

The National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register (“National and State Registers”) provide recognition for Virginia’s and the Nation’s most significant districts and buildings. A National and State Register district designation is honorary and does not impose regulations.

Contributing properties within this district are eligible for tax credits for rehabilitation. See the VA Department of Historic Resources web site for more information on tax credits.

City Council approved the Conservation District Ordinance and related guidelines (2nd reading) on Monday March 16, 2009. It is intended to protect the character and scale of historic neighborhoods through review of demolitions and new construction. If your neighborhood association would like to request that City Council consider a conservation district in your neighborhood, or if you want more information, please contact the Department of Neighborhood Development Services.

The following link takes you to the Muni Code web site for Charlottesville. Scroll all the way down to Chapter 34 (Zoning ordinance) and click on it. Then scroll to Sec. 34-335, which is the beginning of the Conservation District Overlay.

The BAR held a special meeting on Tuesday April 29, 2008 at 5 pm in City Council Chambers, City Hall, and recommended to City Council that the following properties be designated as Individually Protected (historic) Properties (IPP's). Eight of the 12 properties have now been designated by City Council:

  1. Former Cocal Cola Bottling Works - 134 10th Street NW (designated 10-06-08)
  2. Cocal Cola Bottling Co. - 722 Preston Avenue (designated 10-06-08)
  3. Former Monticello Dairy - 946 Grady Avenue (designated 10-06-08)
  4. Fry's Spring Beach Club on JPA Ext. (not yet considered)
  5. Fry's Spring Service Station on JPA (designated 09-15-08)
  6. The Coal Tower - off Carlton Road (designated 09-15-08)
  7. Former Belmont Hall/ IOGT - 603 Dale Avenue (now demolished)
  8. Holy Temple Church of God - 212 Rosser Avenue (designated 11-03-08)
  9. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Patterson Wing - 459 Locust Avenue (designated 09-15-08)
  10. Wachovia Bank - 901 Emmet Street (designated 10-06-08)
  11. Two properties were deferred by the BAR - Zion Union Baptist Church - 1015 Preston Avenue and McIntire Park