The Historic District Review Board oversees the Town's Historic District.
John Caton (Vice Chairman)
term expires January 8, 2018
term expires January, 8, 2022
Joe Fehrer (Chairman)
term expires January 8, 2020
term expires October 31, 2017
term expires January 8, 2021
Regular sessions are held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm. Work sessions are scheduled on an as-needed basis.
The local Historic District is an overlay in the Town's Zoning Ordinance. Click here to view the overlay. When reviewing applications, the Historic District Review Board refers to the Historic District Guidelines. In addition to providing review criteria, the guidelines are intended to assist property owners who are renovating structures or planning new construction.
Historic District Review Board Application Procedures
The local Historic District is an overlay zone which regulates exterior modifications to existing buildings, construction of new buildings, and demolition of buildings. The Historic District Review Board reviews new construction and those actions which are considered substantial alterations to existing buildings, as defined by Zoning Ordinance Section 8.18. Property owners are encouraged to consult with the Planning and Zoning Department to determine if a project will require approval from the Historic District Review Board.
If the Zoning Administrator determines a project requires review by the Historic District Review Board, an application must be submitted.
Application Fee: $100.00
Modification Fee: $50.00
Special Meeting Fee: $125.00
After receiving a complete application, the Zoning Administrator visits the property and photographs its current condition. Following the site visit, the Zoning Administrator prepares a staff report summarizing the nature of the request. The staff report and all application materials are then sent to the Historic District Review Board.
The Historic District Review Board holds its meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Cape Charles Civic Center. Applications must be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the Historic District Review Board Meeting. This provides ample time for the Zoning Administrator to process the application and for the Board to review the request prior to the meeting.
When reviewing applications, the Historic District Review Board refers to the Historic District Design Guidelines. The design guidelines provide criteria for reviewing applications and also provide guidance to property owners who are undertaking a project.
The Board must render a decision within sixty days after the filing of a complete application. Failure to render a decision within sixty days has the same effect as approval of an application. After receiving approval and a Certificate of Appropriateness, a property owner must still obtain the necessary zoning clearances and building permits before commencing a project. Denial of an application prevents a property owner from being able to obtain the applicable zoning clearances and building permits. Decisions of the Historic District Review Board may be appealed to the Town Council.
Please contact the Planning Department for further information concerning the Historic District.