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Design Guidelines Update
Design Guidelines Update
Bringing Raleigh's Design Guidelines Into The 21st Century
On February 7, 2017 the Raleigh City Council held a public hearing on the update to the Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts and Landmarks. Under discussion was final approval of the document as previously approved by the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) and the Planning Commission. At the hearing, a representative from the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood (SPHO) proposed the addition of two guidelines in the Additions (3.2) and New Construction (3.3) sections of the document. (SPHO Memo)
City Council is interested in hearing from property owners in all of the Historic Overlay Districts and landmarks and will discuss public comments March 21. City Council meeting agendas are on the city's website. Comments in support or opposition to the proposed new guidelines are to be sent to CityCouncilMembers@raleighnc.gov.
At its regular meeting on February 21, 2017 the RHDC will be reviewing and voting on the SPHO proposed guidelines. A report will be provided to City Council March 21.
At the January 19, 2016 meeting the RHDC approved the draft of the Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts that combines the 2011 proposed updates and the 2014 proposed updates to the new construction and additions section. This update includes an expanded glossary. The draft may be viewed here. Written comments were provided to the commission at the December 15, 2015 RHDC meeting.
2011 Final Draft
|Section 4||Additions and New Construction||741.18|
|Section 3||Changes to the Building Exterior||1,681.31|
|Section 5||Relocation or Demolition||230.78|
|Section 2||Site and Setting||1,533.49|
|Foreward||Cover, Credits & Foreward||197.59|
The City of Raleigh has been awarded a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service for the purpose of updating the Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts. As the administrator of this project, RHDC seeks input from the community.
Since the last Guidelines update was adopted in 2001, RHDC has identified several key historic preservation issues where the Guidelines do not provide clear direction. For example, for properties located in local historic overlay districts or that are designated Raleigh Historic Landmarks:
- How do we review post-World War II and Modern (1945-65) architecture?
- How should new alternative or substitute materials be evaluated?
- Where do archaeological sites and cemeteries fit in design review?
- What kind of infill architecture do you want downtown?
- What would make the guidelines more relevant to individual historic landmarks?
- What does it mean for the guidelines to embrace sustainability?
RHDC staff is available to discuss the Design Guidelines update; please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919.832.7238.
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