Photo by Tompkins County
One way a community can address the character of its built environment
is by establishing an architectural review board to advise planning
or town boards on the appropriateness of the architectural design
of development proposals that they are reviewing. The review may
include examining such design elements as façades, roof
lines, windows, architectural detailing, materials and color.
If the community is interested in historic preservation, an architectural
review board could provide guidance on that issue, as well.