Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

Historic Preservation Commission

Overview

The historical, cultural and architectural heritage of Augusta-Richmond County is among its most valued and important assets and the preservation of this heritage is essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity and general welfare of the people. The Historic Preservation Commission was established to aid in stimulating revitalization of the business districts and historic neighborhoods of Augusta-Richmond County.  The Historic Preservation Commission is to make decisions with the intent to protect and enhance local historical, cultural, and architectural attraction to tourists and thereby promote and stimulate business; to enhance the opportunities for federal or state tax benefits under relevant provisions of federal or state law; to provide for the designation, protection, preservation, rehabilitation of historic properties and historic districts; to participate in federal or state programs to do the same; and to promote the reuse of existing building stock in Augusta-Richmond County and thereby conserve increasingly scarce landfill space and valuable natural resources.

Certificate of Appropriateness

An integral part of preserving the overall historic character and architectural heritage in historically significant neighborhoods or districts is the design review of project proposals and subsequent issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (link).  Using the established neighborhood Design Guidelines (link) and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation for guidance, applicants should generally comply with all construction activities affecting external architectural features, building elements or site features of properties under the purview of design review by the Historic Preservation Commission.

Functions


View Historic Preservation Commission Responsibilities.

Meetings

    • 5:30 pm
    • Fourth Thursday of each month (except for November and December)
      • Meetings in November and December are on the third Thursday of the month
      • February and October HPC meeting locations TBD
    • Augusta Municipal Building • Linda Beazley Meeting Room - 1st Floor
    • 535 Telfair St • Augusta, GA 30901

Variance Request Application


Project proposals must meet all required zoning codes (link to zoning ordinance) in order to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission.  Should a lot require a variance of any type due to an unnecessary hardship, requests for zoning variances must be made using the following application:

Board

of Zoning Appeals 

Members


The Historic Preservation Commission consists of 12 members:

10 appointed by the Augusta Commission from Commission districts

2 appointed by the Richmond County Legislative Delegation. All Historic members shall be residents of Augusta Georgia.

To the extent available, at least five members must be professionals from the fields of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology, historic preservation, or related disciplines. The remaining members may be nonprofessionals with special interest, experience, or education in regional history, historic architecture, or historic preservation.


Current members of the Augusta Historic Preservation Commission (as of October 2018) include:

Name

District

John McBrayer

1

Robert Jones

2

Brandon Dial (Vice-Chair)

3

Vacant

4

Vacant

5

Vacant

6

Dave Barbee

7

Vacant

8

Lucien Williams (Chair)

9

Jimmie Anderson

10

Leon Maben

Legislative

Vacant

Legislative

Responsibilities

The Historic Preservation Commission is authorized to:

  • Prepare and maintain an inventory of historic properties in Augusta-Richmond County
  • Recommend the designation of local historic properties and districts to the Augusta Commission
  • Review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness involving a change in the exterior architectural or environmental features of a designated historic property or a property located in a designated historic district
  • Recommend to the Augusta Commission that the designation of a local historic property or district be revoked
  • Restore or preserve any historic properties owned by Augusta-Richmond County as authorized by the Augusta Commission
  • Promote the acquisition of façade easements and conservation easements
  • Conduct educational programs on local historic properties and on general historic preservation activities
  • Conduct studies of historic preservation matters, including consultation with historic preservation experts, as deemed necessary
  • Seek out local, state, federal and private funds for historic preservation, and make recommendations to the Augusta Commission concerning the most appropriate use of any funds acquired
  • Submit a list of historic properties and districts designated to the Historic Preservation Division and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Perform historic preservation activities as the official representative of the Augusta-Richmond County historic preservation program
  • Employ and compensate persons, as authorized by the Augusta Commission, to carry out responsibilities of the Historic Preservation Commission
  • Elect, from among its members, a member or members to carry out responsibilities of the Commission
  • Receive donations, grants, funds, or gifts of historic property and acquire and sell historic properties on behalf of the Augusta Commission
  • Review and make comments on nominations of historic properties or districts to the National Register of Historic Places and Georgia Register of Historic Places
  • Participate in private, state, and federal historic preservation programs
  • Advise the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department on the utilization of alternative concepts for historic properties pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 8-2-2—through 8-2-222 and O.C.G.A. Sec. 25-2-13, where these code sections have been made applicable to historic properties in Augusta-Richmond County
  • Issue citations for violations of the historic preservation ordinance
  • Petition the appropriate court to enjoin actions in violation of the historic preservation ordinance
  • Institute any other appropriate action to enforce compliance with the terms of the historic preservation ordinance

Planning Staff Contact Information
Erik Engle, Senior Planner

eengle@augustaga.gov

706-821-1160


Authority
The Historic Preservation Commission is given its legal authority through Title Seven, Chapter Four of the Augusta-Richmond County Code.

Qualifications


To the extent available, at least five members must be professionals from the fields of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology, historic preservation, or related disciplines. The remaining members may be nonprofessionals with special interest, experience, or education in regional history, historic architecture, or historic preservation.