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Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Last updated Aug. 15, 2014 - 12:29 pm
  • 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

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 first Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 West Hargett Street (check for holidays).

COA Committee Decisions Summary

Current Agenda

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

  • Fred Belledin
  • Chair
  • 711 Gaston Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27605
  • Kiernan McGorty
  • Vice-Chair
  • 504 E. Jones Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Will Alphin
  • 915 Tower Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Elizabeth Caliendo
  • 315 Polk Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Jannette Coleridge-Taylor
  • 716 Oakwood Avenue
  • Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Sarah Woodard David
  • 500 Polk Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Don Davis
  • 603 S. Boylan Ave.
  • Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Miranda Downer
  • 524 N. East Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Jenny Harper
  • 312 E. Cabarrus St.
  • Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Flora Hatley Wadelington
  • 315 Perry Street
  • Raleigh, NC 27608
  • Rachel Rumsey
  • 4130 White Pine Drive
  • Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Scott Shackleton
  • 316 Seawell Avenue
  • Raleigh, NC 27601

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