Historic Preservation Commission's Additional Powers and Duties

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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:
  • To undertake and maintain an inventory of properties of historical, pre-historical, architectural and/or cultural significance.
  • To recommend to the Town Council areas to be designated by ordinance as "historic districts."
  • To recommend to the Town Council that designation of any area as a historic district or part thereof, or designation of any building, structure, site, area or object as a historic landmark, be revoked or removed for cause.
  • To review and act upon proposals for alteration, demolition or new construction within locally designated historic districts.
  • To prepare and recommend the official adoption of a historic preservation element as part of the Town’s comprehensive plan at the request of the Town Council.
  • To enter, solely in performance of its official duties and only at reasonable times, upon private lands for examination or survey thereof. However, no member, employee or agent of the commission may enter any private building or structure without the express consent of the owner or occupant thereof.
  • To conduct educational programs with respect to historic properties and districts.
  • To negotiate, at any time, with the owner of a building, structure, site, area or object regarding its preservation when such action is reasonably necessary and appropriate.
  • To prepare and adopt principles and guidelines for altering, restoring, moving or demolishing properties, not inconsistent with NCGS 160A, Article 19, Part 3C, designated as landmarks or within historic districts.