Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance
The Appearance Commission was established by City Council in 1973 to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations regarding the visual quality and aesthetic characteristics of the City of Raleigh. As of July 2020, the Appearance Commission also hears requests for Design Alternates from the City’s Unified Development Ordinance, acting as a quasi-judicial body. The commission consists of 15 members, the majority of whom have special training or experience in architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture, city planning, or related design fields. The members shall reside within the city limits or within the planning and zoning jurisdiction of the city.
The Commission also appoints standing committees to undertake special design-related outreach and education efforts such as the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards.
Current Agenda - August 5, 2021
1st & 3rd Thursday of each month
The Appearance Commission hears Design Alternate requests at its first meeting of each month (the 1st Thursday of each month) and Administrative Alternate requests and other business at its second meeting of each month (the 3rd Thursday of each month).
Please see the Design Alternate Application for information regarding the deadline to submit Design Alternate requests.
222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh Municipal Building, Council Chamber.
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