Preservation on Tybee

Preservation is not just about preserving the past. Preservation is essential for creating a future Tybee Island that proudly retains the Island’s identity and individuality. Preservation is a key component in economic development and revitalization for Tybee. From the Light Station in Fort Screven, to the Carbo House in downtown, to the plethora of raised cottages and places you do business, preservation lives. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in Tybee Island’s Main Corridor alone! These investments, and others throughout the island, prove that community pride and support of jobs for economic vitality and livelihood are important.

Preservation is also key to being sustainable in the future…the “greenest” building is one that is already built. Historic Preservation reduces the amount of waste in landfills and lowers environmental costs associated with building new and / or demolition. Equally important is that historic buildings show the expert craftsmanship through the high quality materials (typically) used during construction, many of which are no longer available. Historic rehabilitation tends to drive more dollars to skilled trades and less to materials, as compared to new construction equals supporting the local economy.
In May of 2014, Tybee Island became designated as Georgia's 88th Certified Local Government (CLG) (PDF).  This recognition is due to the City of Tybee Island's commitment to protecting the heritage of the island and years of working to protect and designate historic resources and districts that represents Tybee.  

Being a CLG, along with continued preservation efforts supported by city officials, makes the city eligible to apply for federal Historic Preservation Fund grants that are administered by the Georgia Historic Preservation Division.  
The first grant for updating Tybee Island's Historic Resource Survey was awarded in 2015.  Phase I of the survey can be viewed here.  Two maps of the resources can be viewed by clicking the following:  Map 1 and Map 2.  
A second grant for updating Tybee Island's Historic Resource Survey:  Phase II was awarded in 2016. Work is currently underway for this phase and will be posted when complete.
Historical Photo Collage
This Place Matters Collage

Workshops & Studies

Over the past several years, there have been many workshops and public outreach efforts to protect the character that defines the history of this small town on the Georgia Coast. 

The HPC continues these efforts and has progressively developed a draft document for design guidelines that would apply to Local Historic Districts, if Officials so choose to enact for planning purposes. The draft document of the Design Guidelines (PDF) for Local Historic Districts has been revised based on public input and can be viewed online.

Local Historic Districts Update

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback at the July 16 Public Hearing regarding the pursuance of proactively protecting the distinctive architecture that identifies "Tybee as Tybee" through enacting Local Historic Districts. The HPC is modifying the ordinances in order to assist the Mayor and City Council in the shared goal of preserving the character of the island in which draws people here to live, work, and play year-round. The original proposed Ordinances (PDF) can be viewed online. View general question and answer (PDF) information. To understand more about the importance of historic districts on a local level read the official report (PDF).