Historic Preservation Commission
The Cary Historic Preservation Commission works to preserve the historical, cultural and architectural heritage of our Town for future generations.
Life Span Statement
The Historic Preservation Commission is a standing commission which meets monthly. Commission members will reexamine their purpose every three years beginning in 2017.
Powers and Duties
The Historic Preservation Commission’s general scope of work is to identify and recommend Cary Historic Landmarks to Town Council for its review and approval and to review applications and hold quasi-judicial public hearings for proposed alterations to or demolition of Cary’s designated Local Historic Landmarks to ensure conformity with adopted design guidelines. National Register properties are not regulated at this time.
The Historic Preservation Commission shall have the following additional powers and duties within the Town’s zoning jurisdiction, to be carried out in accordance with the terms of the Cary Land Development Ordinance and NCGS 160A, Article 19, Part 3C.
The Historic Preservation Commission consists of seven commissioners, one of whom the Town Council designates as chairperson. Initial appointments to the newly established commission are for two-, three- or four-year terms. Terms thereafter will be for three years, except where unexpired terms are being filled. Members must be qualified based on special interest or experience in history, architecture, archaeology or a related field.
Current Goals/Work Plan
View the board's goals/work plan for the current year.
The Historic Preservation Commission shall hold quasi-judicial hearings (evidentiary hearings), and issue certificates of appropriateness based solely on the written and oral evidence presented for requests for major alterations or demolition of designated Cary Historic Landmarks, in a process described in Land Development Ordinance (LDO) Section 3.27.2. In addition, the Historic Preservation Commission will act as an “involved party” in implementing recommendations of the Historic Preservation Master Plan as assigned in Chapter VI, “Plan Implementation.”
The commission meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., in Conference Room #10035 (unless otherwise noted), 316 N. Academy St., Cary, and requires approximately 2 hours per month for meetings. The commission will, on occasion, need to hold quasi-judicial public hearings, and in such cases may need to spend several additional hours making site visits, reviewing reports and applications, and performing research prior to the meeting. Commission members may, on occasion, be asked to participate in meetings or training events outside their regularly scheduled meetings.
All meetings are open to the public. Visit the Town’s Web calendar to see a monthly listing of all Town of Cary public meetings, agendas and to confirm meeting dates, times and locations.
More information on the board can be found in its annual report.
Electronic Participation in Meetings
At Town of Cary, we're happy to offer an option to allow you to electronically participate in some meetings of our appointed boards and commissions:
Anna Readling, AICP