Anderson Heights Historic Neighborhood Study

Last updated Aug. 31, 2018 - 8:32 am
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Some residents of Anderson Heights have expressed interest in historic overlay zoning as a possible tool to preserve neighborhood character amidst a wave of infill development. A public meeting was held Monday, April 9 at the Five Points Center for Active Adults to gauge support for an initial step in the process—the preparation of a report and investigation (known as a historic designation report) for an eligible portion of the Anderson Heights neighborhood (as depicted above in light grey).

Status Update

An architectural historian (MdM Historical Consultants) has been hired to study Anderson Heights and report on whether there is a cohesive and contiguous area that would be eligible for historic zoning. A public Information Session has been scheduled for Monday, October 1 at 7:00 pm at the Five Points Center for Active Adults. The meeting will introduce the consultant who will share a brief history of the neighborhood and how the study will be conducted. Additionally, attendees will be invited to participate in a conversation on historic zoning. A specific agenda will be posted when available. After the meeting, a report will be made to City Council prior to proceeding with the remainder of the project.

Process / Steps

  • Anderson Heights Study Group is formed to investigate listing in the National Register of Historic Places. (Late 2015)
  • Anderson Heights Study Group hires architectural historian Ruth Little who determines that the neighborhood may be eligible for the National Register. A Study List application is prepared and submitted. The State Historic Preservation Office determines that the district is not eligible for listing in the National Register. (January 2016)
  • Based on Ruth Little’s report and guidance from preservation staff, the Anderson Heights Study Group polls the neighborhood to gauge interest in preserving neighborhood character. Support is shown for approximately 1/3 of properties. (May 2016)
  • Anderson Heights Study Group votes and formally requests funding to prepare an architectural report and investigation of the Anderson Heights neighborhood. (October 2016)
  • Anderson Heights Study Group meets with staff several times regarding next steps. (2017)
  • The Planning staff hosts a public meeting at Five Points Center for Active Adults. (April 9, 2018)
  • Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) sponsors an investigation and report at the request of the Anderson Heights Study Group. (Summer/Fall 2018)


  • April 9, 2018 Meeting
    • Publicized with postcards mailed to property owners in the potential historic district boundaries.
    • Attended by 26 citizens and one councilperson.
    • Staff presented on Streetside Historic Overlay Districts including the impacts of designation on the neighborhood and property owners, the steps for creating Historic Overlay Districts, and what constitutes a designation report.
    • Staff answered questions from the attendees on various topics including boundary creation, the regulatory design review process (Certificates of Appropriateness), and impacts to property values.
    • Although there was not a consensus that most property owners would ultimately support a Streetside Historic Overlay District, sufficient support was shown from attendees to proceed with the preparation of a draft historic designation report, with the understanding that the report will be the basis for future neighborhood discussion.
  • Next Meeting: October 1, 2018 to introduce the architectural historian and project methodology.
  • Future Meeting: Fall/Winter, to present the draft report.


Q – What are other ways to preserve neighborhood?
A – Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Districts (NCOD) and Historic Overlay Districts (HOD) are available. View the Character Preservation Overlay Districts page for more information.

Q – How is an HOD created?
A – It is a multi-step process that includes an architectural investigation and report, demonstration of neighborhood support, and petitions to City Council. See the Historic Overlay Districts (HOD) Checklist.

Q – Has a rezoning application been filed for Anderson Heights?
A – No. After completion of the report and review by RHDC, the neighborhood may request the City Council direct staff to begin the rezoning process. City Council generally requires the request to show support from more than 50% of the property owners.

Q – Where can I learn more about the HOD creation process?
A – Historic Districts Overlay FAQ

Q – Where can I learn more about the impacts of Streetside HOD designation?
A – Historic Districts Overlay FAQ

Q – Why are these specific streets included on the study boundary?
A – The current boundaries for the potential Anderson Heights historic overlay district were determined based on an initial study prepared in 2016 by an architectural historian. The study looked at plats and included a visual reconnaissance survey. The boundary was drawn around the largest concentration of properties with historic and architectural integrity associated with the history of the area.

Q – Who is funding the process?
A – The architectural report and investigation of the potential district is funded by the City of Raleigh with funds intended for such studies.

Q – How can I voice my opinion? Will there be public meetings?
A – There will be many opportunities for public comment. The number and format will depend on decisions made by City Council and other public bodies along the way.

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