Historic District Commission

Established by Ordinance No. 17-27, the Historic District Commission works to conserve and enhance historic buildings, sites and neighborhoods, and encourage compatible rehabilitation and new construction through the review and issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness within local historic districts and designated landmarks. Click on the links below to view maps of historic districts and designated landmark sites/buildings in St. John the Baptist Parish. If you have specific questions about what you can and cannot do to a property within a district, please refer to the frequently asked questions below.

 

LaPlace Historic District

Reserve Historic District

Garyville Historic District

River Road Historic District: The Historic Towns of Edgard, Lucy and Wallace

Local Landmarks

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:    What is a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?

A:     A COA is a formal approval letter issued by either the Historic District Commission or Planning and Zoning Department that certifies the proposed scope of work complies with historic district requirements.

Q:    When is it appropriate to apply for a COA?

A:     Applicants can apply for a COA at the same time as they apply for a building permit. The process involves filling out the COA Application Supplement here, in addition to standard permit application forms.

Q:    When I get my COA, can I begin construction/demolition immediately thereafter?

A:     NO. Issuance of a COA does not constitute issuance of a permit. A permit will be issued once all other applicable local, state and federal codes are met.

Q:    What specific development activity will require a Certificate of Appropriateness?

A:      1.  Demolition of a historic structure, if located in a historic district / designated landmark

         2.  Exterior renovation of a historic structure, if located in a design review corridor or local landmark

         3.  New construction or addition, if located in a design review corridor or local landmark

         4.  Signs within design review corridors

Q:    What is a Design Review Corridor?

A:     "Design Review Corridor" refers to a smaller, commercial "Main Street" area mapped within a Historic District. In these areas, a COA is required for new construction, additions, and renovations to better ensure that commercial development along each Main Street is compatible with the unique character of the district.

Q:    What is a Local Landmark?

A:     Local landmarks are structures located either within or outside a historic district that are designated by  the Parish Council for its special significance in terms of its historical, architectural, or cultural importance to the Parish.

Q:    How does the Historic District Commission review/consider applications?

A:     Both the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and the Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book are considered by the Historic District Commission when making decisions regarding a COA.

Q:    How can I find out if my property is historic?

A:    Each historic district is surveyed to determine if a property is historic. If you would like to know if your property is contributing structure of a historic district, feel free to search existing historic properties here.

Q:    Will I have to renovate my residential structure?

A:    Only in limited circumstances, when the alternative is the building falling into such disrepair that it can no longer be preserved. For example, when a historic structure is in disrepair and at risk of significant architectural or structural deterioration, the property owner may receive a notice that they are in violation of demolition-by-neglect. Upon receipt, the property owner should first attempt to repair and prevent further damage to the structure. If unable to do so, they should apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness before preforming any demolition on site. Demolition without a COA and permit can result in significant fines and penalties.

Q:    How can I find out more about historic rehabilitation tax credits?

A:     Structures within the historic districts and local landmarks may be eligible for historic rehabilitation tax credits. This program is administered by the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development Division of Historic Preservation. Please contact their office for more information at 225-342-8160.

Q:    What about the cultural districts?

A:     In addition to establishing local historic districts, the Parish has also received approval from the State to establish four Louisiana cultural products districts, which provide tax incentives for historic renovations and the sale of one-of-a-kind art. Please contact the Economic Development Department for more information about this program at 985-652-9569.

 

 

Historic District Commission 2018 Meeting Dates

Month Deadline for Submittal Meeting Date Agenda Results
January Kick Off Meeting January 11 Agenda No Cases
February January 17 February 8 No Meeting No Meeting
March February 14 March 8 No Meeting No Meeting
April March 21 April 12 Agenda No Cases
May April 18 May 10 Agenda No Cases
June May 16 June 7    
July June 19 July 12    
August July 18 August 9    
September August 15 September 13    
October September 19 October 11    
November October 17 November 8    
December November 21 December 13    
Jan 2019 December 19, 2017

January 10, 2019

   

 

 

Historic District Commission Members

Joy Banner, Chair    
Donna Falgoust    
Stephen Guidry    
Ronny Michel    
Bryan Oubre, Vice-Chair     
Jonathan Perret    
Dana B. Wallace    

 

 

Contact Information

historicdistrict@stjohn-la.gov   

985-651-5565