Historic Preservation Committee Mission

When is a Preservation Commission formed?

When a local government decides to provide for the preservation of the historical, cultural, or archaeological resources within its jurisdiction, it can pass an ordinance to create a historic preservation commission. Members of a preservation commission are selected by the local governing board from the general public. A majority of the members must demonstrate a special interest in history, architecture, archaeology, or related fields.

What power does a commission have?

A commission’s primary powers are (1) recommending to the local governing board properties to be designated as historic districts and landmarks and (2) reviewing applications from owners of designated landmarks and structures in historic districts who plan to make changes to their properties. A commission’s first charge is to conduct an inventory of the area’s historic resources. Its other powers include conducting a public education program and acquiring historic properties.

What are some considerations prior to joining a commission?

A Letter to George: How to Keep the Preservation Commission Out of Court and Avoid Being Sued, by Robert E. Stipe. Bob Stipe’s 1994 paper on understanding the responsibilities of a preservation commission and avoiding pitfalls in the work of a commission.

Information obtained from ncdcr.gov.

Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Location: Indian Trail Meeting Hall, 113 W. Moore Street

Historic Preservation Committee

NAME DATE
APPOINTED
EXPIRATION
DATE
Josh Cline McGee October 2022 October 2025
Jim McKee October 2022 October 2025
Bonnie Bray, Alternate October 2022 October 2025
Lewis ‘Tal’ West III, Alternate October 2022 October 2025
Charles Drew October 2022 October 2024
Rick Pukenas October 2022 October 2024
Alexis Gore Graves October 2022 October 2024
Bonner Herring October 2022 October 2023
Joanne Wesson October 2022 October 2023

Local Historic Property Designations in North Carolina

Local governments in North Carolina–counties and municipalities–can choose to take advantage of state enabling legislation (General Statutes 160A-400.1-400.14) that allows them to create historic preservation commissions and to designate local historic districts and landmarks.

In the statute, the General Assembly sets forth its finding that, “The historical heritage of our State is one of our most valued and important assets. The conservation and preservation of historic districts and landmarks stabilize and increase property values in their areas and strengthen the overall economy of the State.”

What Local Designation IS and IS NOT: Local designation is conferred by a local governing board following a recommendation by its preservation commission. Commissions only exist where they have been explicitly created by the county or city, and only commissions created pursuant to state law can exercise design review over properties designated by the local governing board. However, commissions around the state are known by a few different names: historic resources and preservation commissions work with both districts and landmarks while district commissions work solely with districts, and landmark commissions work solely with landmarks.

The local designation should not be confused with listing in the National Register of Historic Places, which is a federal program administered by the state. Although some properties may carry both types of designation, the National Register and local designation are totally separate programs with different requirements and benefits. Also, local commissions should not be confused with other local historical organizations such as historical societies or museum groups.

Information obtained from ncdcr.gov.

Other Local Historic Preservation Commissions

Over 100 local historic preservation commissions are active across North Carolina. Click on the map pin below to see the contact information for the commission. Certified Local Government commissions have green pins.

View North Carolina Historic Preservation Commissions on a larger map. Click here for a static state map showing participating municipal governments in joint commissions with counties.

Information obtained from ncdcr.gov.

What is the National Register of Historic Places?

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

How is a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places?

The way a property gets listed in the National Register of Historic Places is that the forms and documentation go to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the state where the property is located. The SHPO can take one of several options: reject the property, ask for more information, list the property just with the state, or send the forms to us for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Once we receive the forms, we conduct a similar review process. How to List a Property

How do I get a plaque?

Many sites listed in the National Register arrange for a commemorative plaque. Unfortunately, the National Register of Historic Places does not issue plaques as a result of listing; rather it is left up to the individual owners if they are interested in having one. Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places are not required to have plaques.

Information obtained from nps.gov.

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