Historic Architectural Review Committee

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The Isle of Wight County Historic Architectural Review Committee (HARC) is a Board-appointed, 5 person committee formed to provide “oversight in the administration of historic district provisions” for the County’s 4 designated Historic Overlay Districts (Zoning Ordinance Section 6-3003).

No “building or structure, including signs, shall be erected, reconstructed, substantially altered, or restored within any historic district” without application to the HARC for review and approval (Zoning Ordinance Section 6-3006).

The HARC meets the 1st Wednesday of every month, as needed, at 3:00 PM in the Robert C. Claud Sr. Board Room at the County Courthouse Complex.

Applications are due 30 days prior to the meeting.  There is currently no fee for HARC applications. A copy of the application and checklist is available here, or in the Document Library.

If you would like to know what items will be discussed at the current meeting or would like to view the agenda from a previous meeting you can go to HARC Meeting Schedule and Agendas.

If you are interested in the minutes of an HARC meeting please contact the HARC  secretary Richard Rudnicki at (757)365-6276 or rrudnicki@iwus.net.

In accordance with the HARC By-Laws, committee members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a term of 4 years.  Following guidance from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the HARC’s Bylaws specify that that “at least one (1) member shall be an architect or an architectural historian meeting the professional qualification standards of 36 CFR 61, Appendix A.  At least two (2) members shall have professional training or equivalent experience in any of the following disciplines: architecture, history, architectural history, archeology, or planning.” If you would like to review the Bylaws which will provide further detail about how the members are appointed and how the meetings are conducted you can go to the HARC Bylaws.

Projects located within the St. Luke’s Historic District have the opportunity to be handled administratively by following the St. Luke’s Historic District Design Guidelines. If you are located within the St. Luke’s Historic District and would like more information please click HERE.

Current HARC Members

Carrsville District
Charles L. Powell
23478 Thomas Woods Trail
Zuni, Virginia  23898
(H) 757-242-4591
Term Expires:  January 2014
 
Hardy District
Wayne Lee Duncan
12170 Modest Neck Road
Ivor, Virginia  23866
(H) 757-356-1112
Term Expires:  January 2016
 
Newport District
Russell J. Parrish, AIA — CHAIRMAN (2011)
24 Dashiell Drive
Smithfield, Virginia  23430
(W) 757-622-6306
paganriverarchitects@gmail.com
Term Expires:  April 2015
 
Smithfield District
Carolyn A. Keen
114 Commodore Lane
Smithfield, VA  23430
vahistorichouses@aol.com
Term Expires: November 2015
 
Windsor District
Durwood Scott — VICE CHAIRMAN (2011)
PO BOX 343
Windsor, Virginia  23487
(H) 757-242-6528
(C) 757-620-9375
Term Expires:  September 2016
 

If you are interested in serving on the HARC, please contact Richard Rudnicki, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning/HARC Secretary at (757)365-6276 or rrudnicki@iwus.net to have your name and qualifications put on file for consideration for future appointments.

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