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About the Board of Architectural Review

               Leesburg Board of Architectural Review Photo

The Board of Architectural Review’s (BAR) primary responsibility is to review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for projects in the Old and Historic District (map) and H-2 Corridor. The BAR reviews applications for projects ranging from small garages and sheds to residential additions and multi-building commercial developments. Members are appointed for their interest in the Town’s history and historic resources, as well as their relevant professional expertise. With backgrounds in architecture, real estate, historic preservation, construction, building conservation and the law, the BAR is well-qualified to review and approve projects and to advise the Town Council on preservation issues.

Special Notice:

If you have questions regarding whether your home improvement project requires a COA application, please visit our COA webpage or contact Lauren Murphy at 703-771-2773. 

Board of Architectural Review 2019 Annual Report


Board Members

Term ends
Teresa Minchew, Chair  2022
Dale Goodson, Chair 2020
Stacy Skinner, Parliamentarian 2020
Richard Koochagian 2020
Paul Reimers  2022
Tom O'Neil  2022
Julie Pastor  2020
Marty Martinez, Council Liaison TERM
 Gigi Robinson, Planning Commission Liaison TERM


Group Email Address:

Staff Liaison: Lauren Murphy, Preservation Planner, accepts correspondence on behalf of the Board.   

Board Documents

Participation in Board Meetings

The public may view BAR meetings on our webcast page, and on television via Comcast Government Channel 67 and Verizon Channel 35. 

All meetings of the BAR are open to the public.  If you are not comfortable attending the meeting due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, you may attend the meeting via WebEx.  Information for how to join our July 6th work session will be posted when available. 

About the Design Review Process

Planning and Zoning Department staff assist applicants and BAR members throughout the design review process. Staff administratively approves applications for installing or replacing fences, paving driveways, adding landscape lighting, or changing an exterior paint color scheme. For larger projects, staff members work with applicants through the BAR review process to obtain the necessary permits. For information about the permitting process for signs, exterior alterations, new construction or relocation of structures, please contact Lauren Murphy, Preservation Planner, at 703-771-2773 to discuss your project.