Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 10 – 4 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 CHAPTER 10. ADMINISTRATION | Article 10.1. Review Bodies Sec. 10.1.4. Historic Development Commission Sec. 10.1.4. Historic Development Commission A. In General 1. Purpose a. The City is authorized by the North Carolina General Statutes to safeguard the heritage of the City by preserving any property or district that embodies important elements of its culture, history, architectural history or prehistory and to promote the use of and conservation of historic districts and historic landmarks for the education, pleasure and enrichment of the residents of the City and state as a whole. b. The purpose of the Historic Development Commission is to provide the organizational vehicle by which certain areas, structures, buildings and objects within the City's planning jurisdiction that have special significance in terms of history, prehistory, architecture, archaeology and culture and possess integrity of design, setting, materials, feeling and association may be preserved and protected. 2. Composition a. The Historic Development Commission consists of 12 members, appointed by City Council for uniform overlapping 2-year terms. b. A majority of the members shall have demonstrated special interest, experience or education in history, architecture, archaeology or related fields. c. All members shall reside either within the City’s corporate limits or within its extraterritorial jurisdiction area. d. At least ¼ of the membership shall either reside or own property in a Historic Overlay District or that is designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark. e. The Historic Development Commission may appoint advisory bodies and committees as appropriate. f. In event of a vacancy, the City Council shall appoint a new member within 60 days; members shall serve until their successors have been appointed. 3. Rules of Procedure a. The Historic Development Commission may establish its own rules of procedure, subject to approval by the City Council. b. The rules of procedures shall at minimum provide for selection of the officers of the Commission, the time and place of its regular meetings, which shall at least be held monthly, the calling of special meetings and the procedures for the conduct of public hearings and voting. c. The Historic Development Commission shall elect from its membership a chairperson and vice-chairperson, who shall serve for terms of 1 year, who shall be eligible for reelection and who shall have the right to vote. The chairperson shall preside over the Commission. d. In the absence or disability of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson shall perform the duties of the chairperson. e. The rules, regulations, minutes and actions of the Historic Development Commission shall be maintained as a separate document as a public record at the office of the Commission. B. General Authority The powers of the Historic Development Commission are as follows. 1. Undertake an inventory of properties of historical, prehistorical, architectural, archaeological or cultural significance. 2. Recommend to the City Council districts or areas to be designated as a Historic Overlay District and recommend individual structures, buildings, sites, areas or objects to be designated as Historic Landmarks. 3. Recommend to the City Council that designation of any area as a Historic Overlay District or part of a Historic Overlay District be revoked or removed for cause and recommend that designation of individual structures, buildings, sites, areas or objects as Historic Landmarks be revoked or removed for cause. 4. Restore, preserve and operate historic properties. 5. Conduct an educational program with respect to historic properties and districts within its jurisdiction.