Dublin City Council established the Architecture Review Board (ARB) in 1970 to “…promote the educational, cultural and economic well-being of the community through the preservation and maintenance of the Historic District.” The Board has five members, residents of Dublin, selected from these categories:
• a member of the Dublin Historical Society,
• a property owner who maintains his/her personal residence in the Historic District,
• an owner of commercial property in the Historic District,
• a merchant who operates a commercial business within the Historic District, and
• an individual who has architectural training or has had extensive building or building inspection experience.
The Board meets monthly and reviews applications brought to the Dublin Planning Department by property owners in the Historic District whose plans involve issues such as changes to the exterior of a building, additions, new construction, major landscaping, demolition, or new signs.
The ARB’s decision-making is guided by the City of Dublin publication, “Old Dublin Design Guidelines,” and Bridge Street Code guidelines, available for view on the City of Dublin web site under the Planning Department.