In October 2009, the Gordonsville Town Council adopted the Town’s first Historic Overlay District (HOD) ordinance
for the Gordonsville Historic District. To provide oversight and review in this regard, Town Council appointed a 5-member Board of Architectural Review (BAR)
in November of 2009. The BAR assisted the Town in developing enhanced guidelines for the historic district as a tool for assisting property owners in the renovation and care of their properties. These guidelines
were adopted by Town Council in July 2010.
Through these actions, the town seeks to protect individually significant properties, to protect community health and safety, and to promote the education, prosperity and general welfare of the public. The identification, preservation and enhancement of buildings, structures, settings, neighborhoods, places and features with special historical, cultural and architectural significance accomplishes this. To achieve these general purposes, the Town of Gordonsville seeks to pursue the following specific purposes:
To preserve and protect buildings, structures and properties which serve as important visible reminders of the historic, cultural, and architectural or archaeological heritage of the town, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the nation;
To assure that, within the town's historic district, new structures, additions and related elements will be in harmony with their setting and environs;
To promote local historic preservation efforts through the identification and protection of historic resources throughout the town;
To maintain and improve property values by encouraging the upkeep, rehabilitation and restoration of older structures in a safe and healthful manner, and by encouraging desirable forms of development that will lead to the continuance, conservation and improvement of the town's historic, cultural and architectural resources and institutions within their settings;
To promote tourism and enhance business and industry, while also promoting an enhanced quality of life within the town through the protection of historic, cultural and archaeological resources.
**In accordance with Section 610.05 of the Town's Land Development Ordinance, no historic landmark, building or structure (including but not limited to outbuildings, fences, walls, permanent signs, and signposts) shall be erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered, or restored unless and until a historic district permit (Certificate of Appropriateness) has been issued by the Board of Architectural Review. The application for a Certificate of Appropriateness is available online or may be obtained at Gordonsville Town Hall.**