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Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Last updated Nov. 19, 2017 - 11:48 am
  • Meeting Location

  • Raleigh Municipal Building
  • 222 West Hargett St.
  • Room 305
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

Public Participation

Commission and committee meetings are open to the public. Note that meetings can be subject to change, following public notice of at least 48 hours.

Some meeting dates may differ from the following times due to holidays; check with commission staff to verify a particular meeting time and place if you are planning to attend.

On May 2, 2017 City Council adopted the updated Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts and Landmarks. The new Guidelines are effective for COA Applications filed starting May 8, 2017. Information on the update process is on the RHDC website.

Purpose

Serves as the City Council's official historic preservation advisory body to identify, preserve, protect, and promote Raleigh's historic resources. The RHDC consists of twelve members, appointed by City Council to overlapping two-year terms. Members have a demonstrated interest or training in fields related to historic preservation, and reside within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction (at least one-quarter must live or own property in designated historic overlay districts or historic landmarks).

Predecessor organization established by Mayor December 18, 1961; historic districts commission established by Ordinance No. (1973) 484, Revised by Ordinance (1992) 66 TC 399 - 12 Members

The commission's significant powers and duties include:

1. Inventory historically-significant properties

2. Make recommendations to City Council regarding:

  • designation of historic landmarks or districts
  • changes to ordinances affecting historic preservation
  • ways in which community preservation efforts may be coordinated and strengthened
  • acquisition of properties by the city
  • revisions to historic preservation element of the City's Comprehensive Plan

3. Review and act on proposals for exterior changes to historic landmarks and properties in historic districts

4. Issue Certificates of Appropriateness

5. Restore, preserve, operate, or own historic properties

6. Conduct educational programs

7. Provide design review assistance on minor work proposals (staff) and on major exterior changes (Design Review Advisory Committee)

8. Publish books and periodicals relative to the City's historic preservation program such as:

  • "A Primer for Property Owners & Residents of Raleigh Historic Districts"
  • "In the Districts" - a tri-annual newsletter
  • "Culture Town: Life in Raleigh's African American Communities"
  • "Early Raleigh Neighborhoods: Boylan Heights, Cameron Park, Downtown, Glenwood"

Committees

Certificate of Appropriateness Committee

Review of "major work" to any exterior change within a Raleigh Historic Overlay District or to a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

The Certificate of Appropriateness Committee generally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, Avery C. Upchurch Governmental Complex, 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh (check for holidays).

Starting in March 2017 the application deadlines for COA Committee meetings changed to 30 days propr to the meeting. Meeting dates and deadlines are here

COA Committee Cases

Prior Meeting Draft Minutes (not adopted)

Current Meeting Minor Works Report

Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee meets on the Wednesday preceding the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. in the Caswell Conference Room, Suite 300 of the One Exchange Plaza building.

    Research Committee

      The Research Committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:45 a.m. in the Caswell Conference Room, Suite 300 of the One Exchange Plaza building.

      Community Awareness Committee

        The Community Awareness Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Caswell Conference Room, Suite 300 of the One Exchange Plaza building.

        Members

        • Nicole Alvarez
        • 215 Haywood Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27601
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/18
        • Travis Bailey
        • 1024 Dorothea Drive
        • Raleigh, NC 27603
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/18
        • Elizabeth Caliendo
        • 3313 Mesa Court
        • Raleigh, NC 27607
        • Serving: 3rd Term, 6/18
        • Sarah Woodard David
        • 500 Polk Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27604
        • Serving: 3rd Term, 6/18
        • Don Davis
        • Chair
        • 603 S. Boylan Ave.
        • Raleigh, NC 27603
        • Serving: 3rd Term, 6/19
        • Nick Fountain
        • 3056 Granville Drive
        • Raleigh, NC 27609
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/19
        • Jenny Harper
        • Vice-Chair
        • 312 E. Cabarrus St.
        • Raleigh, NC 27601
        • Serving: 3rd Term, 6/19
        • John Hinshaw
        • Secretary/Treasurer
        • 2011-201 Quaker Landing
        • Raleigh, NC 27603
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/18
        • Laurie Jackson
        • 505 Jefferson Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27605
        • Serving: 2nd Term, 6/18
        • Jimmy Thiem
        • 634 N. Blount St
        • Raleigh, NC 27604
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/18
        • Kaye Webb
        • 1020 Belfast Dr
        • Raleigh, NC 27610
        • Serving: 2nd Term, 6/19
        • Gaston Williams
        • 2617 London Drive
        • Raleigh, NC 27608
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/19

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