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The City of Bardstown participates in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program administered by the National Park Service and Kentucky Heritage Council. Under the CLG program, the City of Bardstown is eligible to receive funding for the efforts to preserve, protect, and maintain Bardstown's architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources.

In 1967, the City of Bardstown became one of the first communities in the nation and the first community in Kentucky to enact historic overlay zoning, a tool for preserving significant historic landmarks and districts. The historic overlay zoning designation is a separate zoning classification and is attached to existing zoning. The historic overlay zoning district designation may modify or eliminate regulations of the underlying zoning or may introduce additional regulations. Properties within the historic overlay zoning district are still subject to the regulations of the underlying district but are subject to supplemental design standards and regulations of the historic overlay zoning district.

Owners of structures within the historic overlay zoning district are required to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for new construction, exterior alterations, site alterations, demolition, relocation, and signage. Allowable changes are based on a set of design guidelines and regulations as set forth in Article 15 of the Zoning Regulations.

The Bardstown Historical Review Board (HRB) administers the historic overlay zoning. The HRB is a 5-member board appointed by the Bardstown Mayor and approved by the Bardstown City Council. Pen Bogert serves as Preservation Administrator and the Planning Commission also provides staff support and legal counsel for the HRB.

Preserving Bardstown Video
Acknowledgement: As part of the FY 2013 Certified Local Government grant, the Bardstown Historical Review Board and City of Bardstown developed a 20-minute informational video on historic preservation and historic zoning. The video was produced by Andrew Lyon, a WKU journalism and broadcasting student, for his Capstone project and was narrated by Matthew Fogle of PLG-TV. Interviews were conducted with the following: Mayor Bill Sheckles, HRB Chairman and Historic District property owner Don Parrish, Planning Commission Chairman and Historic District property owner Todd Johnson, Preservation Administrator Hope Hawkins, Downtown Development Coordinator Samantha Brady, historic property owners Anne Ballard, Lance Taylor, Drs. Josh and LIndsay Blackmon, and Catherine Clements, and Kentucky Heritage Council CLG Coordinator Vicki Birenberg and KHC Main Street Coordinator Kitty Dougoud. This video was funded in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council. The contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior. The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Meeting Date, Time, & Location
The HRB meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the HRB office, One Court Square, Old Courthouse Building, Bardstown. All meetings are public meetings and open to the public. Meetings & Deadlines. For more information on COA application process and deadlines, contact Planning Commission offices at 502-348-1805 or

HRB Members
Pen Bogert
Mary Keene
Beth Hawkins
Don Parrish, Chair
Sarah Hardin Ballard

Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application Preservation Incentives

Preserving Bardstown (Historic Review Board Newsletter)

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