Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Guidelines are an important component of any community’s historic preservation program. The guidelines were developed to assist in the decision regarding changes within historic areas. They are intended to encourage orderly, creative, and compatible development within historic areas. These Guidelines will illustrate a sensitive and thoughtful approach to historic preservation and cultural resource management in Douglasville.
The Historic District Guidelines apply to exterior changes to buildings within locally designed historic districts.
Interior changes, paint colors, or other minor repairs do not require approval from the Historic Preservation Commission.
The design guidelines, which govern a Certificate of Appropriateness, are derived from the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The Standards are highlighted on the following page.
A property should be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment
The Historic character of a property should be retained and preserved
Each property should be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use
Deteriorated historic features should be repaired then replaced
Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials should not be used
Significant archaeological resources affected by a project should be protected and preserved
New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction should not destroy historic materials that characterize the property
Maintain mature trees unless the trees are dying dead, diseased or posed a safety hazard to the public or structure
Maintain existing fences and walls. Traditional fencing materials are wood, masonry, and iron
Driveways and parking lots should not interrupt the pattern of street trees
New on-site parking. Loading docks, and ramps required by a new use can be located so they are unobtrusive yet convenient