Historic Preservation Commission

Commission Overview

The Tybee Island Historic Preservation Commission works closely with the City’s Planning and Zoning Department and the Main Street Program to ensure the Island’s historic fabric is maintained, appropriately improved and to increase awareness of incentives for measures taken for preservation.

Where to find more information about Historic Preservation:
There are 3 national historic districts and multiple individual listings on Tybee Island.

Historical Information Locations

Tybee Island Historical Society
Tybee Light Station
30 Meddin Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328

Tybee Island's Community Development Department
(& Dev'l. Auth./Main Street Office)
Tybee Island City Hall
403 Butler Avenue
Tybee Island, GA 31328

Helpful Resources

Ordinance Establishing Charter

Article 14. Historic Preservation

Sec. 14-010. Purpose.
In support and furtherance of its findings and determination that the historical and cultural heritage of Tybee Island is among its most valued and important assets and that the preservation of this heritage is essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity, education, understanding and appreciation of historic properties, as well as the general welfare of the people;

In order to stimulate revitalization of the business districts and historic neighborhoods and to protect and enhance local historical attractions to tourists and thereby promote and stimulate business through a democratic process;

In order to enhance the opportunities for federal and state tax benefits under relevant provisions of federal and state law; and

In order to provide for the designation, protection, preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties and historic districts and to participate in federal and state programs to do the same;

The purpose and intent of this article to establish a uniform procedure for use in providing for the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of places, districts, sites, buildings, structures, objects and landscape features having special historical, cultural interest or value, in accordance with the provisions of this article.

(Ord. No. 1999-13, 5-27-1999; Ord. No. 1999-13, add 6-4-1999; Ord. No. 1999-13, add 6-4-1999)

Read Article 14 in its entirety.

Section 14-060(E) was adopted by City Council on June 13, 2013. This section actively involves HPC with the building permitting process for buildings aged 50 years and older in order to:
  • (1)ensure property owners are aware of their building’s historic significance,
  • (2) provide opportunities available for preserving the island’s identity and uniqueness.

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  • Sue Bentley, Chair (email)
  • Jane Coslick (email)
  • Susan Estroff (email)
  • Bill Garbett, Ex-Officio (email)

  • Sarah Jones, Ex-Officio Advisor (email)
  • Dottie Kluttz (email)
  • Neca Stoller (email)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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