Historic Preservation Commission
PurposeAs public stewards of the Davidson Historic District, the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) has several powers and responsibilities. These include recommending to the Board of Commissioners the designation, or the removal, of historic district overlay zoning; granting requests for proposed changes within the historic district that are congruous with state, federal, and local governments in pursuance of its responsibilities; and conducting meetings or hearings necessary to carry out these roles.
- The HPC meets the third Wednesday of each month, immediately following the 6:30 PM Design Review Board meeting. All meetings are open to the public.
- Davidson Town Hall Board Room
216 S. Main Street
Davidson, NC 28036
- Town Staff Liaison: Lindsay Laird, Planner (email@example.com)
Upcoming COA Cases
At their August 19, 2020 meeting, the HPC will hear the following COA cases:
- Facade Redesign at 120 S. Main Street (Continued): This project was continues at the July 15, 2020 HPC meeting. The applicant proposes an update to the building façade at 120 South Main Street (Parcel ID 00325828). The building is currently being used for bank and CPA offices. The applicant also plans to create two new retail spaces adjacent to Fifth Third’s office. Project plans may be found here. Additional information, including a staff analysis, will be posted with the HPC meeting agenda on the Board of Commissioner & Advisory Board Meeting webpage one week prior to the meeting.
- Davidson Cotton Mill Elevator Addition: The applicant proposes an elevator tower addition at 209 Delburg Street (Parcel ID 00326108). Project plans may be found here. Additional information, including a staff analysis, will be posted with the HPC meeting agenda on the Board of Commissioner & Advisory Board Meeting webpage one week prior to the meeting.
If you have questions or comments related to an upcoming COA case, please email Historic Preservation Commission liaison, Lindsay Laird, at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the scheduled meeting date.
- Certificate of Appropriateness (COA): required prior to beginning any project(s) in the local historic district. Reference Sections 22 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance for additional information. COA cases are either reviewed by staff (Minor Works) or by the Historic Preservation Commission (Major Works) against the adopted Davidson Historic District Design Guidelines. A complete list of minor and major projects may be found here: Minor vs. Major Works List.
- Historic Preservation Commission Witness Application: A Witness Application should be completed by those who wish to testify as a sworn witness at a COA hearing. Any testimony must be competent, relevant, and substantive to the issue before the Commission. Complete Witness Application(s) shall be emailed to HPC Staff Liaison, Lindsay Laird at email@example.com at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled hearing.
- Application, fee and all required materials, drawings and documentation for new major projects must be received at least four weeks prior to the meeting date of the HPC. An FYI review is encouraged for all larger projects.
- All required materials, drawings and documents for cases that are continued from previous meetings or presented to the HPC for verification of conditions must be received three weeks prior to the meeting date.
- Application, fee and all required materials, drawings and documentation for signs in the local historic district, minor renovations, consent items and informational review only items must be received three weeks prior to the meeting date.
Historic Preservation Commission FeesPlease contact Town staff to verify fees. The Town of Davidson Fee Schedule is located on the Finance and Budget webpage.
MembershipThe Historic Preservation Commission, as appointed by the Board of Commissioners, are residents who have had special training or experience in a design field, such as architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture, planning, historic preservation or a closely related field. Please contact Town Staff if you are interested in serving on the Historic Preservation Commission (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Preservation ResourcesDavidson Historic District Guidelines
- Minor vs. Major Works List (Adopted 1/15/20): Minor project may be approved by staff and do not require review by the full commission.