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Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Last updated May 12, 2016 - 7:55 am

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  • 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.

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

In response to resident concerns regarding auditory issues and overcrowding at Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Committee quasi-judicial public hearings, the city is rescheduling future COA Committee hearings. As of the month of April, the commission will regularly meet 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. It is RHDC’s hope that this change will improve the experience of applicant and audience alike.

COA Application Deadline:
Monday, April 11
Friday, May 6
Monday, June 6

COA Committee Meeting:
Thursday, April 28 (4:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 25
Thursday, June 23

Check the meeting schedule for additional dates.

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).

COA Committee Decisions Summary - November 2, 2015

Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee meets on the Tuesday preceding the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. in Room 213 of the One Exchange Plaza building.

    Research Committee

      The Research Committee meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m. in Room 213 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 Room 213 of the One Exchange Plaza building.

        Members

        • Sarah Woodard David
        • Chair
        • 500 Polk Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27604
        • Serving: 2nd Term, 6/16
        • Don Davis
        • Vice-Chair
        • 603 S. Boylan Ave.
        • Raleigh, NC 27603
        • Serving: 2nd Term, 6/17
        • Scott Shackleton
        • Secretary/Treasurer
        • 316 Seawell Avenue
        • Raleigh, NC 27601
        • Serving: 3rd Term, 6/16
        • Elizabeth Caliendo
        • 315 Polk Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27604
        • Serving: 2nd Term, 6/16
        • Miranda Downer
        • 524 N. East Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27604
        • Serving: 3rd Term, 6/17
        • Esther Hall
        • 730-308 Washington Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27605
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/17
        • Jenny Harper
        • 312 E. Cabarrus St.
        • Raleigh, NC 27601
        • Serving: 2nd Term, 6/17
        • Laurie Jackson
        • 3107 Douglas Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27607
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/16
        • Rachel Rumsey
        • 4130 White Pine Drive
        • Raleigh, NC 27612
        • Serving: 2nd Term, 6/16
        • Caleb Smith
        • 525 N. East Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27604
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/17
        • Flora Hatley Wadelington
        • 315 Perry Street
        • Raleigh, NC 27608
        • Serving: 3rd Term, 6/16
        • Kaye Webb
        • 1020 Belfast Dr
        • Raleigh, NC 27610
        • Serving: 1st Term, 6/17

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