2020 Downtown Design Guidelines Update

In the summer of 2019, The Town of Pulaski was awarded a Certified Local Government Grant by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to conduct a review and update of the Downtown Historic Commercial District Design Guidelines.

The existing Design Guidelines were adopted in July 1987 and have not had any substantial review or revision over the course of the past three decades.  

This project will allow town residents, business and property owners, elected officials, and staff the opportunity to provide input on the revised design standards and highlight the areas most important to preserving the historic character of our community.  

The Town has assembled a project team to coordinate with the selected consultant and solicit public input in the drafting of the revised guidelines.  This project team consists of the following members:

Janet Hanks, Chair of the Town of Pulaski Architectural Review Board
Janet Jonas, Member of the Town of Pulaski Planning Commission
John White, Town Resident

Staff support to the Project Team is provided by the Town Planner and Economic Development Director.

A Request for Proposals for Professional Services was released on January 31, 2020.  A copy of the full RFP can be found here.

The current Design Guidelines can be found here.

Public Meeting Held to Review Draft Guidelines Document

A public meeting was held on Monday, December 21 to allow the Architectural Review Board and members of the public the opportunity to review the draft guideline document.  

Downtown property and business owners were notified of this meeting via first class mail.  

This presentation was provided by staff at the Public Meeting, providing an overview of the project and background of the Historic District.

Following the public meeting, changes were integrated into the draft document before it was finalized for final review by the ARB and Town Council.

Guidelines Document Available for Public Review and Comment

The DRAFT Design Guidelines document is available here.

Public hearings will be held in 2021 by the Architectural Review Board and Town Council before a vote to formally adopt the Guidelines.  

Members of the public are encouraged to review the Guidelines draft and submit comments and/or questions to Town Staff and the ARB.

Comments and/or questions can be sent  via email to Justin Sanders, CLG Project Coordinator at [email protected] and via phone to Brady Deal at 540-994-8619.  All comments received prior to the public hearings will be forwarded to the Architectural Review Board for their consideration. 

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