Spotlight on Orange

Posted on: January 9, 2018

New Historic Preservation Design Standards for Old Towne

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On December 12, 2017, City Council adopted a comprehensive update to the Historic Preservation Design Standards for Old Towne. The Design Standards are architectural standards for alterations, additions, and new construction in the Old Towne Historic District. They help to preserve the character that makes Old Towne unique and ensure new development fits in with the historic neighborhood.

The previous Design Standards for Old Towne were adopted in 1995 and last updated in 1999. After serving the Historic District well for more than 20 years, the time had come for an update to make them more user-friendly and easier to understand for property owners and residents.

The update represents many months of work and extensive community input to make sure that the Design Standards reflect Orange’s values of preserving our history and creating a livable, vibrant community. The update helps property owners, design professionals, and residents understand the features that make historic buildings and the Old Towne neighborhood special and provides guidance on how best to preserve those features. It also encourages new development that relates respectfully to the historic neighborhood.

You can check out the update on the Historic Preservation page of the City website. If you are thinking about making any changes to your home or business in Old Towne, you should consult the Design Standards early on. You can also contact Marissa Moshier, Historic Preservation Planner, at with any questions.

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