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Historic District Review Committee
General Purpose
The Historic District Review Committee (HDRC) is a seven-member review committee appointed by the Board of Supervisors and charged with maintaining the architectural and historic integrity of Loudoun County's Historic Districts.

The HDRC uses the county’s Historic District Guidelines as the basis for review of proposed projects. The Historic District Guidelines are an adopted part of the county's Zoning Ordinance, and relate only to the exterior appearance and the siting of structures on a property.

The siting of new construction is particularly important in a rural district where the protection of historic landscapes and viewsheds is of special importance. The guidelines are available to the public as a guide for the renovation of existing structures and/or new construction projects.

What's New

Award Nominations Sought
The Loudoun County Joint Architectural Review Board is again soliciting nominations from the Loudoun County community for the Community Blue Ribbon category, to be awarded at the 2016 JARB Awards Ceremony in September. In an effort to expand recognition of preservation efforts county-wide, nominations will be accepted for any preservation or restoration project in Loudoun County. The nomination form is online:

2015 JARB Awards Announced 
The winners of the 2015 Joint Architectural Review Board Awards are online here.

The HDRC publishes a twice yearly newsletter “What’s Old is News” with insights and helpful information for owners of historic properties. The newsletters are mailed to residents in the county’s historic districts and are also available online (Adobe Reader required).


Committee members are appointed at large by the Board of Supervisors and serve three-year staggered terms.

Current Appointees Term Ending
Karl Riedel, Chairman  June 2017
Robert Hale, Vice Chairman
 June 2017 
Tom Dunlap  June 2018
Josslyn Stiner   June 2019
Judy Gerow  June 2018
Lewis Leigh, Jr.  June 2018
Daniel Robey  June 2017

HDRC Procedures
View documents detailing HDRC rules and procedures and the process of appealing a zoning determination.

Staff Contacts
The staff contacts for the committee are Lauren Murphy and Heidi Siebentritt of the Department of Planning and can be reached at 703-777-0246.

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