Rome Historic Preservation Commission
Recognizing the importance of our local heritage and historic resources, the City of Rome adopted a preservation ordinance in 1974. There are currently five local historic districts:
- Between the Rivers - Designated June 4, 1979
- Oakdene Place - Designated July 6, 1981
- Avenue A - Designated April 20, 1998
- East Rome - Designated May 17, 1999
- College Heights - Designated July 3, 2000
Designation is an honor, indicating that the community believes the district deserves recognition and protection. Historic district designation can help to stabilize property values by maintaining the neighborhood's character, and it benefits property owners by protecting them from inappropriate changes made by other owners that might destroy the special qualities of the neighborhood. Designation establishes a local oversight process for design review of all exterior alterations, demolition, and new construction. This review process is conducted by the Rome-Floyd Planning Department staff and the Rome Historic Preservation Commission.
Approval for any exterior change in the appearance of a property must be granted through the Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA) or through the in-office Administrative Review Process. For properties that require Certificate of Appropriateness approval, the property owner or representative of the property owner will have to attend the monthly Historic Preservation Commission meeting. Information on the process of submitting an application may be found in the Certificate of Appropriateness Manual and minimum filing requirements may be found here.
DEMOLITION - Applications for demolition are not available electronically, but can be obtained during a pre-application conference with the Preservation staff in the Rome-Floyd Planning Department.
Commission members include David Clonts, Roger Wade, Audrey Burton, Mary Sib Banks, and Harry Wise.
HPC Agendas and Minutes
The Historic Preservation Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. in the Sam King Room at 601 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30162. Please note that that deadline for submission is the 20th day of the month prior to the scheduled meeting - a submission timeline and meeting schedule for 2018 can be found here, and the submission timeline and meeting schedule for 2019 can be found here.
Projects that propose exterior alterations to buildings or construction/demolition on a property located within designated local historic districts are evaluated by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Planning staff in accordance with design guidelines. Design guidelines are intended to serve as a reference and a resource for property owners, clarifying in advance what is expected. The HPC or staff determines the appropriateness of a project after reviewing all applicable guidelines. The goal is to strike a balance that best serves both the resource and the owner.
Design guidelines provide an overview of the distinctive characteristics of each district and provide written standards which governing exterior alterations to structures or properties of each district. The guidelines do not dictate styles or specific design motifs. Instead, they suggest a choice of approaches for achieving design compatibility. These guidelines can be found below: