The Board of Architecture Review is composed of seven volunteer members appointed by City Council to staggered four year terms. Members of the BAR must be residents of the City. Three members must be professionals in architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture, building construction, engineering, or urban planning. Two members must own property, a business, or be a resident of an architectural review district. One member must be an at-large resident who is not a design professional or an property/business owner or resident of a review district.
The Board of Architectural Review reviews and approves plans for new construction that are situated in one of the City’s architectural districts. Specific responsibilities of the BAR include:
- Review new construction within established Architectural Overlay Districts
- Review new construction, exterior renovations, and new signs within the General Commercial District
- Review new construction within other areas as designated by ordinance.
- All changes of use from residential to nonresidential.
- Any alteration or addition that increases the total impervious site area or gross floor area of a building.
Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month (provided there are agenda requests). A complete schedule of meetings for the next year, along with application deadlines, is provided below.
Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines - 2020
Requests to appear in front of this board are made through submission of one of the following forms with the deadline for the submission:
Board of Architectural Review Public Input Sign-up Form
Board of Architectural Review Agenda Application
Board of Architectural Review Variance Application
Board of Architectural Review Appeal Application
Details regarding protocol for meetings, submissions, documents, etc. are available by calling the Zoning and Codes Administrator at (864) 653-2050.
More detailed information regarding the Board of Architectural Review may be found in Chapter 19, Article XI of the City’s Code of Ordinances.
The current members of the BAR are:
Todd G. Howard
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO APPLICANT(S) AND GENERAL PUBLIC: Please refrain from contacting any member of the Board of Architectural Review regarding matters related to an application. Any communication outside the public meeting, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, phone calls, written correspondence, e-mails, instant messaging, and the next level of technology that presents itself with any member of the Board of Architectural Review is considered an "ex parte communication".
An "ex parte communication" occurs when an interested party in the matter to be decided (or representative) and a quasi-judicial decision-maker discuss, outside the formal hearing process, the substance of the matter to be decided. If this were to occur the decision-maker is disqualified (must be recused) from voting on the matter. Outside communications also create an appearance of impropriety and serves to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the process.
Any resident of Clemson or anyone who owns property or a business in Clemson who wishes to share information with the BAR may either 1) submit information in writing to the Zoning and Codes administrator no later than one week prior to a scheduled meeting and/or 2) at the first review of a new project or significant remodeling there will be a public input session where citizens will be allowed to speak per Board of Architectural Review By-Laws.