Preservation on Tybee
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.
Tybee Island became designated as Georgia's 88th Certified Local Government (CLG) (PDF) in 2014 due to the commitment of city's officials to protect the heritage and dedication to preserving the authentic coastal architecture of the island with supportive planning. Since becoming a CLG, the city has received two federal Historic Preservation Fund grants to assist continued planning efforts and property owners.
The first grant (2015-16) was used to begin updating Tybee Island's Historic Resources Survey. This phase focused on properties on the south end of the island.
Download Phase I Survey here
The two maps referenced with the survey are available as follows: Map 1 and Map 2
A second grant (2016-17) was used to complete the Tybee Island's Historic Resources Survey focusing on the north end.
Download Phase II Survey here
The map referenced with this phase is available here
KEEPING TYBEE AUTHENTIC BY DESIGN...Updates re: Design Guidelines & Districts
(as of 8-2014) In July of 2014, elected officials and the historic preservation commission held a Public Hearing about establishing local historic districts. This public hearing was held in accordance with state requirements for the municipality to receive comments regarding the work that the commissioners had done over several months to provide means to proactively protect the distinctive architecture that identifies "Tybee as Tybee". Public comment regarding the proposed local ordinances that would do just that with a draft document for Design Guidelines (PDF) were received for city officials to consider in order to decide if action would be taken to adopt these tools for planning purposes. Thank you to everyone that provided feedback. The proposed Ordinances (PDF) and general question and answer (PDF) information can be viewed online. To better understand the importance of historic districts on a local level read the official report (PDF).
Workshops & Studies
Every year there are a variety of workshops and community involvement activities that focus on protecting the character that defines the history of this small town on the Georgia Coast.