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Posted on: August 5, 2021

City offers public workshop and survey for architectural and demolition guidelines review

Preservation Forum  2021 Part 1 of a 2-Part Workshop Series Saturday, September 11 10am - 12pm Galim

Changes to the Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation may affect older and historic areas of the city


On Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Galimore Center, located at 399 Riberia St., the City of St. Augustine’s Historic Preservation Division is collaborating with the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions (NAPC) to present the first of two public workshops, “Preservation Forum 2021,” to examine the Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation (AGHP) that are currently used for historic architectural and demolition review.  The information presented at the workshop will address the basics of design guidelines documents, how they are used in the preservation process, national review standards, and trends in guidelines as demonstrated by other communities.

In addition to this workshop, an online survey is available for public comment here. The survey results will be summarized at the workshop and provide additional topics for discussion.

The AGHP is the policy standard used to regulate rehabilitation, maintenance, and new construction in the locally designated historic preservation zoning districts and demolitions of certain older buildings throughout the city.  The current format of the AGHP was first developed in 1984 and has evolved over the years.  Initially, content related to historic buildings was only described for those buildings in the historic districts up to the year 1935 and all demolition requests within the entire city limits required review by the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB).

Policy revisions have refined demolition review to buildings meeting certain criteria, the regulated architectural styles have been expanded in parts of the historic preservation zoning districts, and some administrative procedures have been refined.  However, the current AGHP does not describe historic architectural building styles during the post-WWII and Contemporary periods, nor does it address modern technologies and materials. 

Some of the regulations provide instruction on project work that can be administratively approved through a building permit like painting and routine maintenance, while some changes require review and approval by HARB, such as all demolition and partial demolition activities.  Coincidentally, HARB is currently proposing changes related to partial demolition review across all areas of the city through a separate public outreach effort and any outcomes of those changes will be incorporated to the comprehensive update of the AGHP as well.  

The City will also consider whether any of the administrative review criteria should be modified using recommendations from the 2018 Historic Preservation Master Plan and public input.  Additional graphics and resources will be added to the AGHP to provide easier interpretation of the policies by property owners and contractors as they consider projects in areas subject to the AGHP.

The need for this update was one of the primary tasks identified from the series of workshops held when the 2018 Historic Preservation Master Plan was developed.  This workshop will provide information about the design review process for historic communities and gather public feedback on how these changes should be approached in St. Augustine.

Residents and property owners within a local historic preservation zoning district and those who own or manage older and historic buildings throughout the city should consider attending the workshop to contribute to this effort.

The workshop and survey will be facilitated by NAPC Trainer Adrienne Burke, AICP, Esq.

For more information about the workshop, contact Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer, at or call 904.209.4326.

Media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307 or via email at

Please note that one or more members of the City Commission or its appointed boards or committees may attend this meeting and participate, however they may not engage in a discussion or debate amongst themselves on any issue that will likely come before their respective elected or appointed body.

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