Architectural Review Board

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Architectural Review Board


The purpose of the Architectural Review Board (ARB) shall be to promote the educational, cultural and economic well-being of the community through the preservation and maintenance of the District and historic sites as landmarks and tangible reminders of early architecture in Dublin; and to prevent the deterioration of the District and historic sites.

The duties of the board shall be accomplished through the review of construction, alteration, maintenance and demolition within the District and individual sites subject to ARB review; to preserve their architectural features and characteristics; to make recommendations as to land use within the District and historic sites; to restore and maintain their basic character together with other uses appropriate to the District or a historic site’s unique nature; and to recommend legislation designed to promote these purposes.


Establishment; members. The Architectural Review Board shall consist of five voting members appointed by Council.

Membership of the ARB shall consist of the following:

  • A member of the Dublin Historical Society recommended by the society.
  • A person who maintains his or her personal residence within the District or one of the designated landmark.
  • A person who owns commercial property within the District.
  • A person who has architectural training or has had extensive building or building inspection experience.
  • A person who operates a commercial business within the District.

Members shall have a demonstrated interest, knowledge or expertise in historic preservation. At least two members should be preservation related professionals, to the extent they are available, such as the professions of architecture, architectural history, history, archaeology, landscape architecture, planning or related disciplines.

Members shall serve without compensation, unless otherwise provided by Council.

Terms of Office

Each member shall hold office from the date of his or her appointment for a term of three years. Any member may continue in office after his or her term expires until an appointed successor takes office; or until 60 days have elapsed, whichever occurs first.


All vacancies created by the expiration of the terms, resignations or other means shall be filled in accordance with the requirements of division above. In the event the requirements of division cannot be met, Council may fill vacancies as it may deem appropriate. Vacancies shall be filled within 60 days as prescribed in Article VII of the City Charter. A member appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve out the term of the previous member.

Rules of Procedure and Guidelines

The board shall establish its Rules of Procedure and Guidelines with approval from City Council.


The board shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson as set forth in its Rules of Procedure and Guidelines.


The board will hold a regular monthly meeting unless there is no business to come before the board. Special meetings may be called at any time by the chair. At least 48 hours written notice of the time and place shall be given by the city or by the chair to each member of the board. All meetings of the board shall be open to the public as prescribed in Article VII of the City Charter.

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The board shall have the following duties:

  • Review and act upon all applications for an ARB Board Order as required by this chapter.
  • Make recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council for additions or revisions to this chapter or recommend other legislation that would best serve to develop, preserve, restore and beautify the District.
  • Maintain guidelines (in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings) concerning the conservation of historic areas, buildings, and resources. Insofar as practicable, these guidelines shall be considered in the Board’s decisions with respect to approvals of alterations, demolitions, and new construction as appropriate for historic structures or historic sites within the District.
  • Maintain an inventory of all landmarks and preservation districts. The Board may use existing inventories by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office or other recognized agency to fulfill this requirement. The inventory shall be updated periodically to reflect changes, alterations, and demolitions. All inventory materials shall be recorded on Ohio Historic Inventory and/or Ohio Archaeological inventory forms and shall be available through duplicates to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office. This inventory shall be made available to the public upon request.
  • Conduct, cause to be conducted, or assist in a continuing survey of all properties, sites, or areas of architectural, archaeological, historic and aesthetic interest in the city when it deems necessary.
  • Undertake efforts to improve the education of the citizens of the city with respect to Dublin’s architectural and historical heritage.
  • Act as a liaison as directed by Council on behalf of the city to individuals and organizations concerned with historic preservation.
  • When requested by the city, review all proposed historic registry nominations for properties within the city. When expertise not represented on the Board (e.g. archaeologist) is necessary for review of a proposed nomination, the Board shall seek expert academic or consulting advice before rendering a decision.
  • Provide a written annual report to the City Council which shall address at a minimum the Board’s activities, cases, decisions, and special projects. The annual report shall be kept on file and available for public inspection.

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