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Boards & Commissions

The City of Covington has a number of boards and commissions on which city residents serve. Under Kentucky law, the Mayor appoints the members of these boards and commissions, subject to the approval of the City Commission. The various city boards and commissions, along with those citizens who serve on them, can be seen below.

Interested in joining a board? Click here to apply online or fill out this application. Once completed, the form will be submitted for review and approval processing. If you have any questions, please contact boardapplications@covingtonky.gov.

Urban Design Review Board

MEMBERS

Current Members Appointing Resolution Expiration of Term Term Length 
Vic Canfield O/R-175-14 6/3/18 4 years
Charles King O/R-258-15 8/3/18 4 years
Brandi Bresser (vacant 9/28/17) O/R-257-13 9/27/17 4 years
Charles Killian O/R-387-15 11/30/19 4 years
Chris Meyer O/R-41-16 2/23/20 4 years
Emily Palmer Wolff O/R-175-14 7/3/18 4 years
(Vacant)
Rebecca Weber O/R-12-13 1/24/21 4 years
Craig Gossman O/R-67-16 3/8/20 4 years


City Contact:
Emily Ahouse - eahouse@covingtonky.gov - (859) 292-2171

  • The board is made up of nine members which must be selected from the following organizations or professions, and must be appointed by the Mayor and City Commission:
    • One member from the American Institute of Architects, recommended by the Institute.
    • One member from the Board of Realtors or Appraisers, recommended by either organization.
    • One member from Covington Business Council, recommended by the organization.
    • One member from the MainStrasse Village Association, recommended by the Association, or a member that lives in the MainStrasse area.
    • Five members representing Historic Preservation Overlay zones or KRS Chapter 99 Development Plan areas where the Urban Design Review Board has review authority.
    • All appointees must be residents of the city whenever possible. 
    • All members must have a demonstrated interest in historic preservation, and at least 2 members must have training or experience in a preservation-related profession, architecture, landscape architecture, history, archeology, architectural history, planning, or related fields. 

Appointments to the Urban Design Review Board must, whenever possible, be consistent with the above guidelines as to individual membership. Whenever possible, appointments should be made primarily from the above listed organizations; but when nominees are not available from such organizations, the City Commission reserves the right to nominate other interested individuals.

Open UDRB Board Member Positions

To view UDRB Board Member Descriptions for Open Positions, click on the links below:

To apply, please see the "Apply to Serve on Board" section of this webpage.

MISSION

  • The Urban Design Review Board is responsible for implementing procedures to promote, preserve, and protect historic or architecturally worthy structures, sites, monuments, streetscapes, squares, and neighborhoods.

MEETINGS

  • 4:00 p.m.
  • City Hall Commission Chambers - 20 W Pike St. Covington, KY 41011
  • MEETINGS ARE OPEN TO PUBLIC 
    • August 21st 
    • September 18th 
    • October 16th 
    • November 20th 
    • December 18th  

MATERIAL

  • UDRB Procedure Guidelines
    • After a complete Certificate of Appropriateness application has been submitted, you will receive confirmation of the date and time at which your application will be considered. You will also receive a copy of the UDRB agenda and the Staff Report with a recommendation for your application. The UDRB members will each receive a copy of the Staff Report prior to the meeting as well.
    • The neighborhood association for your neighborhood will also be notified that an application has been submitted.
    • If your project is considered new construction, demolition, or substantial alteration, a sign will be posted on the subject property at least seven calendar days before the meeting, giving public notice of the meeting time and date. All adjacent property owners will also be notified that an application has been submitted and will be heard by the UDRB.

  • What to expect at the Urban Design Review Board meeting
    • The UDRB follows Roberts Rules of Order, with the exception that the Chairman of the Urban Design Review Board will be allowed to vote. At the hearing, the Chairman will call the meeting once a quorum is present.
    • The Chairman will call each case as it appears on the agenda. Items are placed on the agenda by the order the completed application was received by the Historic Preservation Office.
    • Staff will present the Property Description and the UDRB will then vote on whether the property is contributing to the Historic Preservation Overlay Zone.
    • Staff will then present the work that is being requested in the application, the applicable guidelines for this request and a staff recommendation.
    • The applicant will then have an opportunity to respond to the recommendation with further support as well as answer any questions from Urban Design Review Board.
    • After all questions have been answered and the Urban Design Review Board has finished any further discussion on the matter, the hearing portion will then be closed and the Board will deliberate. Finally, the Board will vote on the case and a decision will be made.
    • After the meeting, a written Notice of Decision will be mailed to you. If the application was approved a Certificate of Appropriateness serves as the Notice of Decision.
    • If the application was denied, you will have 30 Days from the date of the decision to appeal to the City Commission. A letter requesting the appeal must be filed with the Historic Preservation Officer.

APPLY TO SERVE ON BOARD

Interested in joining a board? Click here to apply online or fill out this application. Once completed, the form will be submitted for review and approval processing. If you have any questions, please contact boardapplications@covingtonky.gov.