Architectural Review Board

The Architectural Review BoardsurveyNFK Image Link (ARB) reviews all exterior alterations, new construction, and some demolition in the city’s local historic districts for issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness (COA’s). For all other design applications, the ARB recommends to the Planning Commission.

The decisions that take place within locally designated historic districts are based generally on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and New Construction; and specifically on the Local Design Guidelines. In addition, the ARB reviews public projects and private projects that are on land purchased form the city or encroaching onto city property.

Certificate of Appropriateness Applications


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held in the Conference Room on the 10th floor of City Hall at 4 p.m. See the agenda for details: View All Agendas

COA ProcessCOA Process

Design Review Process

Design Review Process


Depending on the nature of the project, the following should be submitted:

  • Site plans, floor plans, building elevations with appropriate detail on the design of doors, windows, ornamentation, signs, lighting, visible mechanical equipment, and other details
  • Landscape plans
  • Proposed signs
  • Proposed lighting
  • Samples of colors and materials
  • Preliminary engineering plans for streets, paths, parking lots, etc
  • Photographs of the site, building, and/or surrounding properties
  • Any other information that would assist the committee in evaluating the application
  • Civic League outreach

Time Frame

  • 2-6 Weeks