Any Mississippi town with a historic preservation commission that oversees a local historic district very likely has a set of design guidelines. These guidelines offer general design and technical recommendations to assist in applying the Secretary of Interiors Standards to properties. If you own property in an area that has a historic district zoning overlay, in the same way you would apply for a building permit, the permit would receive review and approval from the local historic preservation commission. To the average person these commissions guidelines don’t have to be confusing or burdensome. The creation of these guides is to help property owners plan their project, because a well-preserved building only grows in value and preservation commissions aren’t there to prevent your project, but to keep someone else’s project from lowering your property value.
These guidelines are very helpful, but often times can be difficult to access. A few municipalities have placed their guideline online for the convenience of their citizens, but they often end up buried on a back page of a website. Some of the guidelines funded by MDAH are on the HRI database but again, if you don’t know where to look you won’t find them. The idea of creating this list is to ease the process for property owners and to provide newly formed or existing commissions looking to revise their standards a single stop to view the guidelines of other towns.
After an afternoon of searching these are the online guides I was able to locate:
I have a few hard copy guides that I’d like to scan and upload if our server space will allow. If your hometown has a digital version of a design guideline leave a comment with the link below.
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