The mission of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission is to identify, preserve, protect, and promote Raleigh’s historic resources.
Design Guidelines Public Process
COMMENT ON THE DRAFT
The Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts and Landmarks has been scheduled for a Public Hearing at the evening meeting of the Raleigh City Council on Tuesday, February 7.
At its November 15, 2016 meeting, Raleigh City Council forwarded discussion of the updated Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts and Landmarksto its Safe, Vibrant and Healthy Neighborhoods Committee. The meeting will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 5:00 in the Council Chamber. The agenda is the city's website.
At the January 19, 2016 meeting the RHDC approved the draft of the Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts. The approved draft has been forwarded to City Council for adoption. See the Design Guidelines Update page to view the draft.
September 22 Community Conversation
September 22 Agenda
Pratt Cassity, Director of the Center for Community Design and Preservation at the University of Georgia and trainer for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), presented information on historic districts. Jo Leimenstoll, faculty in the Department of Interior Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and author of the Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts, attended the public meeting to evaluate the community’s input for the preparation of recommendations, which will be reviewed at a second public meeting.
October 20 Community Conversation
The second meeting was held on Monday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m. in Venture Hall in the IMAX Building of Marbles Kids Museum. Ms. Leimenstoll presented her recommended updates to the Design Guidelines, and the community has an opportunity to respond. The final draft Guidelines will be reviewed by the commission, which will form a recommendation to City Council. Council will adopt final Design Guidelines per City Code.
Public input is requested and encouraged in this community process.
Current Design Guidelines:
Additions and New Construction (corrected)
Design Guidelines Proposed by 2012 Design Guidelines Review Group:
Additions and New Construction (corrected)
Feedback Received at 9/22 Meeting
Submission of Recommendations for Specific Text Amendments to the Design Guidelines
The intent of the September 22 meeting was to encourage a broad conversation about the community's perspective on appropriate new construction and additions in historic overlay districts. A Design Guidelines professional has been retained to observe and make recommendations on how to improve the Design Guidelines in response to the community's discussion. Please note that specific language for text amendments are not encouraged at this point in the process.
That being said, suggestions for text amendment were accepted in the following format.
- Submit suggestions for specific amendments to the text at the September 22 meeting, to be received by the Design Guidelines consultant.
- Include contact information (phone and email) so that the consultant may follow up if necessary. If the submission represents the opinion of a group, please identify the members of the group for the purpose of transparency.
- Comments, Matthew Brown
- Comments, Curtis Kasefang
- Comments, Karen Tam
- Comments, Weeber-Scheuring-Parker
- Living History, Living Raleigh
- Oak City Preservation Alliance's Proposed Changes of RHDC Design Guidelines
- Oakwood Special Character Essay, Matthew Brown
- Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood's Input for the Revisions to the Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts
The September 22 event was recorded by Raleigh Television Network. The keynote address is available for viewing here.
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