Wilmington Design Standards for Historic Districts and Landmarks

6 5 4 3 2 1 Introduction Design Standards WILMINGTON HISTORIC DISTRICTS AND LANDMARKS 27 7 The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC or Commission) was established created in 1999 to replace the former Historic District Commission (HDC) which was preceded by the Board of Architectural Review, established in 1962. The Commission was established pursuant to the General Statutes of North Carolina “to safeguard the heritage of the city by preserving any district or landmark therein that embodies important elements of its culture, history, architectural history, or prehistory.” The Commission hopes that all property owners will join in acknowledging and celebrating the beauty and success of the Wilmington historic districts. The nine members of the Commission are appointed by the City Council and serve without compensation. At least three (3) members shall be residents within a locally designated historic separate use district (i.e. area zoned HD, HD-R or HD-MU); at least one (1) member shall be a resident in a locally designated historic overlay district (i.e. area designated HD-O) and one (1) member may be a building owner or proprietor of a business within an historic overlay district. Four (4) of the nine (9) members shall be appointed at large. At-large members may be appointed from either outside or within locally designated historic districts and shall have expertise in areas related to historic preservation such as: African-American history, landscape architecture, public history, historic archaeology, preservation architecture, structural engineering, construction, or community planning or be a certi fi ed arborist. All members of the Commission shall be residents of the City of Wilmington. Design review decisions of the Commission are made in accordance with the Design Standards and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The Commission maintains a reference library of technical pamphlets from the National Park Service and other rehabilitation source material. The City of Wilmington became a Certi fi ed Local Government (CLG) in 1986. The CLG program is a federal/state/local partnership that recognizes and supports cities across the nation that meet certain high standards in carrying out their local preservation programs. CLGs are recognized as having strong quali fi ed commissions. In addition to their design review responsibilities, CLG commissions review nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. CLGs are eligible to apply for special federal grant funds available only to CLGs to bene fi t ongoing preservation activities such as architectural inventories and preservation planning projects. The Commission is assisted in the design review process and its duties by city staff. The staff is also responsible for preparing all agenda items, of fi cial minutes, and Certi fi cates of Appropriateness, and performs other administrative and design review duties as required by the Commission. Third Street View 102 South 3rd Street Source: City of Wilmington 1.4 The Historic Preservation Commission