Board of Architectural Review


3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.


City Council Chambers (Live Broadcast on Charlottesville’s Own TV10


At least two (2) members of the BAR shall be licensed architects; one (1), a member of the city’s planning commission; two (2), owners of a business or commercial property in a design control district; one (1), an owner of residential property or a resident in a design control district; one(1), either a landscape architect or a licensed professional contractor; and two (2) shall be historians or have substantial background in history or historic preservation.


4 years (2 term limit)


Charlottesville’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) is responsible for reviewing applications for certificates of appropriateness in the City’s architectural design control districts. The BAR addresses both preservation and design issues (exterior renovations, additions, new construction and demolitions). The BAR also acts in an advisory role to City Council, and city departments, boards and commissions. They recommend new historic surveys and districts, and are responsible for updating the preservation plan and design guidelines.


  • Ronald Bailey, Residential Owner - DCD
  • Robert Edwards, Historian
  • Breck Gastinger, Landscape Architect
  • Jody Lahendro, Planning Commission Representative
  • Cheri Lewis, Business Commercial Property Owner
  • Tim Mohr, Architect
  • Carl Schwarz, Architect
  • James Zehmer, Historian