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We’ve compiled some great resources for all of those who call Seminary Ridge “home.” If you have any questions or need additional information on these topics or others, please feel free to contact us!


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Architectural Conservation District

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Previously parts of the community were noted in the 1992 “City-wide Architectural Survey and Historic Preservation Plan” by John Bryan. The plan is commonly referred to as the Bryan Survey. In that 1992 survey the area was recommended for Architectural Conservation District. Portions of the Seminary Ridge Neighborhood became a local historic district in February 2013. Due to the significant amount of original features still present on the dwellings, Seminary Ridge received the highest level of designation, Architectural Conservation District. The district is comprised of 116 mostly bungalows and vernacular residences.

Click here to view the Architectural Conservation District Guidelines adopted February 2013. These guidelines are not intended to restrict creativity, but to guide development in ways that maintain the character of the Seminary Ridge Neighborhood and discourage those elements which may threaten the historical integrity and quality craftsmanship of structures in the area.

For more information about the Seminary Ridge Architectural Conservation Historic District and the Bailey Bill, visit our information page here!

Design Review Process

When you are planning to make improvements to your home, make sure to follow the Design Development Review Commission process to make the project go smoothly!

1. Contact Design/Development Review Commission Staff
The first step when planning a project in the neighborhood is to contact the staff of the DDRC for an initial consultation: City of Columbia Preservation Office (803) 545-3222. This will allow the staff to help guide your project towards successful solutions that will simplify the whole process. The initial meeting may only take a few minutes, but those few minutes will save you lots of time, discussion, and plan revisions in the future. The DDRC staff can also recommend additional staff reviews that might facilitate approval of your plan.

2. Develop Your Plan
Work with your architect, contractor, or designer to develop a plan for your project. The DDRC will need to see an actual drawing of your proposed work. Consult the Architectural Conservation District Guidelines as you develop your plans. Many projects that meet the Guidelines can be approved by the DDRC on the Consent Agenda, which simplifies the review process (see below).

3. Contact the Neighborhood
It is recommended that you contact the Seminary Ridge Neighborhood Association at prior to applying to DDRC.

4. Apply to DDRC
Consult the DDRC Board Listings to determine your application deadline. Prepare the materials and provide them to the DDRC using the application and the guidelines. Visit the website.

If your project is on the Consent Agenda, then you may not need to attend the meeting. On the day of the meeting, you will need to be available by telephone. Since the Consent Agenda is approved at the beginning of the DDRC meeting, staff will call you immediately if your project is pulled off of the Consent Agenda, so that you will have time to get to City Hall in time for the hearing on your project. Otherwise, staff will call you mid-meeting to tell you that your case was approved and you will not need to appear.

If your project is not on the Consent Agenda, then attend the meeting. A Guide to the Hearings is available. Based on the decision by the DDRC, staff will issue a written approval for your project within a few days, but please call before coming in to pick it up.

Bailey Bill Tax Abatement

Some homes in the Seminary Ridge Architectural Conservation Historic District also qualify for the Bailey Bill tax abatement.

Homeowners that invest at least 20% of the current assessed value of the property (approved projects) will have their City taxes remain at the pre-habilitated rate for 20 years.

For example, if a home currently assessed for $90,000 receives Bailey Bill-approved renovations (new roof, plumbing, electrical improvements) in the amount of $18,000, City taxes will remain based on $90,000 for 20 years.

For more information about the Seminary Ridge Architectural Conservation Historic District and the Bailey Bill, visit our information page here!

For more information, please view the Bailey Bill Application and be sure to call (803)545-3328 to contact the City of Columbia Planning Department EARLY when considering the Bailey Bill tax abatement.