City of VB seeking community input on design guidelines for Historic and Cultural Districts

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach’s Department of Planning and Community Development is inviting property owners and interested members of the community to learn about their initiative to establish Design Guidelines for the Historic and Cultural Districts.

The City said in a press release, consultants from the Commonwealth Preservation Group will discuss the process for developing design guidelines.

“Establishing guidelines will improve and simplify the review process for acquiring a Certificate of Appropriateness, which is the review board’s approval for projects in historic districts,” said Mark Reed, Historic Preservation Planner. “Plus, Virginia Beach is one of 36 Certified Local Governments (CLG) in Virginia, a respected designation that acknowledges an enhanced commitment to historic preservation. Having clear and comprehensive design guidelines is an expectation of all CLGs.”

The guidelines will serve as the approach for evaluating Virginia Beach’s unique historical characteristics and the value of establishing and adopting design guidelines for property owners and the City.

Currently, Virginia Beach has 16 Historic and Cultural Districts, each with distinct features and characteristics.

The purpose of the Design Guidelines is to provide property owners, staff, and Historical Review Board members with a guide for interpreting proposed building alterations, additions, and new construction in the districts.

Property owners and community members will have another chance to give their input at the virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 23. Previously, a meeting was held on April 15.

The project will be funded through a partnership between the City and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources Certified Local Government grant program.

For more information about the Design Guidelines project and the April 15 public meeting, you can visit

Anyone who plans on attending the virtual meeting may register by clicking this link.

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