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Ins and Outs of Architectural Review Boards & Design Guidelines

August 23, 2010

[FERNDALE] – How can communities regulate the way new construction looks without being too restrictive?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of adopting design guidelines?  What is an Architectural Review Board and what does it do?  These questions and more will be covered at Sullivan Renaissance’s upcoming “Community Design Toolbox” seminar on Wednesday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Building in Ferndale. 

Earlier this year, the Town of Fallsburg became the first local community to create an Architectural Review Board charged with reviewing proposals for new construction, as well as renovation of existing structures in established downtowns.  Other communities in Sullivan County are also looking for ways to better regulate the design of new construction and preserve the historic character of their Main Streets. 

This seminar will include a panel of experts that will speak from firsthand experience about how Architectural Review Boards work, including an overview of their powers and responsibilities, as well as the advantages of adopting formal design guidelines.   The panel will be moderated by Helen Budrock, Community Planner for Sullivan Renaissance, and will include:

  • Alan Sorenson, AICP, Planit Main Street (author of the Fallsburg law)
  • Penny Steyer, Chairperson, Town of Warwick Architectural Review Board

Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.  Continuing education credit is offered for members of planning and zoning boards.

To register for the program, contact 845-295-2445 or  Registration is also available on-line at

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.