City of Binghamton, New York

Commission on Architecture and Urban Design (CAUD)

Overview

The Commission on Architecture and Urban Design (CAUD) was established in 1964 to prevent the deterioration of property belonging to the City or property in which any City funds are involved and to advise builders or designers in regard to the use of space and the design of structures and to encourage protection of economic values and proper and appropriate use of surrounding areas.

The Commission on Architecture and Urban Design is responsible for reviewing and approving any project which alters the exterior appearance of any designated Local Landmark historic building and all buildings within the boundaries of designed Historic Districts (maps of the Historic Districts and a list of the Local Landmark properties are available in the sidebar).  Any person seeking to carry out such a project must complete an Design Review Application.  The Commission is also responsible for determining the historic significance of buildings in the City of Binghamton. Per City Code, any project seeking to demolish a building more than 40 years old must obtain a Determination of No Historical Significance before a demolition permit can be issued. Both of these applications are available below.

The application deadline is the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month.

The Commission on Architecture and Urban Design meets the last Tuesday of every month at 12:00 pm in the conference room of the Department of Planning, Housing, and Community Development, unless otherwise posted.

In accordance with Chapter 18, Article VI of the Code of the City of Binghamton, the Commission on Architecture and Urban Design is composed of seven City of Binghamton residents (or owners of real property located within the City limits) appointed by the Mayor of the City of Binghamton. In addition, the following individuals serve as Ex-Officio (non voting) members of the Commission: the Mayor of the City of Binghamton, the Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development, the Supervisor of Building Construction, Zoning & Code Enforcement, a member of City Council, the Director of the Binghamton Urban Renewal Agency, the City Engineer, the Director of Parks & Recreation, and Building Inspector II. The Mayor may appoint other Ex-Officio members as appropriate.

Officers for 2014

Kenneth Ellsworth, Chair
Michael Atchie, Vice Chair

Member Appointed Expiration Appointed By
VACANT     Mayor of the City of Binghamton
Sarah Edwards 12/29/2014 12/31/2019 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
Kenneth Ellsworth 12/23/2014 12/31/2019 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
Peter Klosky 2/1/2016 12/31/2020 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
John Darrow 1/1/2013 12/31/2017 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
Michael Atchie 1/4/2017 12/31/2019 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
Mary Ellen Mauro 1/1/2015 12/31/2019 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
Richard C. David, Mayor (Ex-Officio) 1/1/2014 12/31/2017 City Charter & Code
John Matzo, City Council Member (Ex-Officio) 1/3/2017 12/31/2017 City Council
Dr. Juliet Berling, Director of Planning, Housing & Community Development (Ex-Officio) 1/1/2014 12/31/2017 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
Thomas Costello, Supervisor of Building Construction, Zoning & Code Enforcement (Ex-Officio) 1/1/2014 12/31/2017 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
City Engineer (Ex-Officio) 1/1/2014 12/31/2017 Mayor of the City of Binghamton
William Barber, Director of Parks & Recreation (Ex-Officio) 1/1/2014 12/31/2017 Mayor of the City of Binghamton