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Village of Ossining Architectural Design Guidelines 

The Village of Ossining Architectural Design Guidelines is a comprehensive document containing architectural design recommendations and best practices for commercial and residential structures within the Village. The Guidelines are the product of collaboration between Stephen Tilly Architects, Inc of Dobbs Ferry and the Village Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission, along with Village Planning Department staff.

The Guidelines focuses on the Village's Sparta and Downtown historic districts, the residential neighborhoods surrounding these two districts, and the commercial corridors located on Routes 9 and Route 133. If your property is not located within these areas, you will still find the recommendations to be useful in planning your project.

The full document can be downloaded at the link below:

Village of Ossining Architectural Design Guidelines

If you wish to look up specific information applicable to a project you wish to undertake, please see the links below:

Architectural Guidelines Mapping Page

Click *here* see an interactive map illustrating each of the areas treated by the Guidelines. You will need to download and install the Google Earth browser plug-in to access this page.

Guideline Subject Areas - Maps Descriptions, and Special Design Considerations

Click any of the links below for details on each of the areas covered by the Guidelines:

Sparta Historic District
Downtown Historic District
Adjacent Neighborhoods
Commercial Arteries

Building Elements

Click any of the links below to be taken to recommendations and best practices for that particular building element:
Roofs                                                                Doors
Exterior Walls and Trim                                      Ornamentation and Details 
Wood                                                                Porches and Porticos 
Masonry                                                            Lattice 
Paint Colors                                                       Signage and Awnings
Skylights                                                           Additions and New Construction 

Land Form: Issues and Opportunities

Click any of the links below to be taken to recommendations and best practices for landscaping, site planning, and more:  

Things in the yard                                              Paths
Retaining walls, steps & grade changes              Cars
Fences                                                             Gardening
Exterior lighting                                                 Trees

Additional Resources

See the links below for links to websites with further information on the topics covered in the Guidelines:

Historic Preservation

New York State Historic Preservation Office
National Park Service - Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
National Trust Historic Paint Color Recommendations

Historic Tax Credits
Owners of historic income-producing real property may qualify for an income tax credit for rehabilitating the property from the state and/or federal government. The link below provides more details. 

Environment & Sustainability

Con Edison - Energy Efficiency
EPA Lead Safe



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