The City of Tupelo is granted authority to govern lands and buildings by Title 17, Chapter 1 of the Mississippi Code, 1972 Annotated. These guidelines serve as an extension of the Tupelo Zoning Ordinance, which has been formulated following a comprehensive plan for the future of the community. These guidelines are adopted for the purpose to preserve and promote the public health, safety and general welfare of the City and to encourage and facilitate the appropriate development and redevelopment within the Tupelo Central business overlay district.
The provisions of these guidelines shall apply to all land, buildings, and structures located within the Tupelo Central business overlay district, as identified on the Official Map of Zoning Districts and Sub-districts. All development that occurs within the Central business overlay district shall comply with the applicable guidelines herein, or as prescribed accordingly by the Main Street Design Committee.
Role of the Design Committee
The Design Committee was created to ensure that proposed structures conform to proper design standards and the general character of the area, see Downtown Overlay Map. It also reviews all exterior building plans for all land use categories and final plans for planned unit developments, fences, signs and landscaping.
The Design Committee may request detailed construction plans and related data pertinent to thorough review of any proposal before the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. A letter of approval will be issued by the Design Committee to the owner after the project is approved.
The Design Committee gives prime consideration to the following criteria when reviewing projects:
The historic and/ or architectural value of present structure
The relationship of exterior architectural features of such structures to the rest of the structures of the surrounding area
The general compatibility of exterior design, arrangement, texture and materials proposed to be used
Any other factor, including aesthetics, which is deemed to be pertinent.
With respect to the district, it is the duty of the Design Committee to make the following determinations:
Appropriateness of altering or demolishing any building or structure within the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. The Design Committee may require interior and exterior photographs, architectural measured drawings of the exterior, or other notations of architectural features to be used for historical documentation as a condition of any permission to demolish a building or structure.
Appropriateness of the exterior architectural features including signs and other exterior fixtures of any new building and structures to be constructed within the Downtown.
Appropriateness of exterior design of any new extension of any existing building or structure within the Downtown.
Appropriateness of front yards, side yards, rear yards, off-street parking spaces, location of entrance drives into the property, sidewalks along public right-of-way, which might affect the character of any building or structure within the historic district.
The general compatibility of exterior design, arrangement, texture and material of the building or other structure in question and the relation of such factors to similar features of buildings in the immediate surroundings.
The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association does not consider interior arrangement or design, nor does it make any requirements except for the purpose of preventing extensions incongruous to the historic character of the surroundings.
It is the responsibility of the owner to provide submittal documentation as needed by the Main Street Design Committee, and to cooperate with the Committee in determining the design of a new project or rehabilitation within the Tupelo Central business overlay district. If the owner believes he or she has been aggrieved by a decision of the Main Street Design Committee, the owner may appeal the decision to the Tupelo Planning Committee for review.
You must apply for a sign permit and receive approval before purchasing.
Signs are a vital part of the downtown scene. A balance should be struck between the need to call attention to individual businesses and the need for a positive image of the entire district. Signs can complement or detract from the character of a building depending on their design, placement, quantity, size, shape, materials, color and condition. Historically significant signs should be retained if possible on buildings, even if the business is no longer in existence.
Signs shall comply with Tupelo’s sign ordinance except where stated otherwise.
The following guidelines apply to commercial and business uses in the Historic
District. For complete information about Tupelo’s Sign Regulations, reference the City of Tupelo Development Code.
a. For residential buildings converted to commercial uses, flat signs attached to the wall at the first floor or suspended from the fascia between porch columns are appropriate. Signs attached to the structure should not cover any architectural detail.
b. For residential buildings small projecting signs attached to the wall at the first floor or porch column are appropriate and should not be located higher than the top of the porch.
c. Freestanding signs should be no higher than six (6) feet.
d. Lighting of signs should be provided only by direct external lighting, such as flood lights or spot lights. External lighting sources should be shaded, shielded or directed so that the light intensity will not be objectionable to surrounding areas.
e. Must apply for sign permit with Department of Development Services