On September 20, 2018, the Landmarks Commission finalized its recommendations for revisions to the Landmarks Ordinance. The Metro Council has formed the Landmarks Ad Hoc Committee consider the Landmarks Ordinance Revisions recommended by the Louisville Metro Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission.
Click here to view a presentation on recommended ordinance revisions.
Click here to view the recommended ordinance revisions in their entirety.
Click here to view an economic hardship exemption and guideline to demolition document.
The Planning and Design Services Urban Design team is responsible for:
Oversight of exterior alterations for the Landmarks Commission, Downtown Development Review Overlay and Bardstown Road Overlay District
Issuing Certificates of Appropriateness and Overlay Permits either at staff or committee level
Preparing designation reports for local landmarks and preservation districts that are considered for demolition or other causes
Overlay Districts are intended to promote compatibility of development with existing land use and design features. Within designated areas, proposed developments and physical changes to the exterior of a building are reviewed in accordance with established principles and guidelines addressing urban design elements.
Projects that propose exterior alterations to buildings that are landmarks or are located within designated local preservation districts are evaluated by Architectural Review Committees (ARC) and 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 ARC 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. There is no scoring or minimum number of guidelines to be met. Design guidelines provide an overview of the distinctive characteristics of each district and individual landmark and the statement of principles and standards governing exterior alterations to structures or properties of each district and landmarks. 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:
- Standard Design Guidelines (applies to all local preservation districts except Butchertown and Clifton)
- Butchertown Design Guidelines
- Clifton Design Guidelines
Need more information on local preservation districts? Please refer to the links below.