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Historic Preservation Commission

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Current Membership Roster 
Agenda and Minutes
Current Goals and Work Plan
Annual Report

Please note the 2020 Recruitment Period closed on July 31, 2020. If interested in additional volunteer opportunities, citizens are encouraged to sign up for email updates to be notified when opportunities become available.

Mission Statement

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. Terms are 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.

Hearings and Plan Implementation

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 board meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 316 N. Academy Street, conference room #10035, Cary and requires approximately 2 hours per month for meetings and study time prior to meetings. Board members may be asked to participate in smaller work groups outside of their regularly scheduled meetings and may also spend several hours each month performing research.

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, agenda and to confirm meeting dates, times and locations. 

More information on the board can be found in its Historic Preservation Commission's 2016 annual report or in the rules of order.

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:
Board/Commission Members

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