Appearance Commission

COVID-19 Notice

The State of North Carolina, Wake County, and the City of Raleigh have all declared States of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus. The County and the City of Raleigh have also adopted a Proclamation of Emergency Restrictions (also known as the “Stay-at-Home Order”), which is intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by, among other things: requiring individuals to remain in their homes, except for certain essential activities, closing many businesses to the public, and prohibiting any gatherings which do not comply with its terms.

The various in-person meetings and hearings regularly held by the Raleigh City Council, as well as the multiple City appointed boards and commissions (collectively “City Boards”), involve the physical attendance of the Council or City Board members, who in turn encourage physical public participation and input during those meetings. It is not uncommon for meetings to have large attendance greater than would comply with the Executive Orders and currently recommended social distancing practices impossible. Continuing to hold in-person City meetings and hearings with attendance by the public is inconsistent with the purpose and intent of the State of Emergency Declarations and the Executive Orders and could exacerbate the spread of COVID-19.

Article 33C of the North Carolina General Statutes governs meetings of public bodies. The purpose of the Opens Meetings Law is to assure the public has notice and access to public meetings. The City takes its responsibilities under the Open Meetings Law very seriously and considers it vitally important, especially in times of crisis, that the public remains informed and heard, and that the City Council and City Boards continue to conduct important City business. The Open Meetings Law allows for electronic meetings, so long as there is a means for the public to listen and proper notice is given. See N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143-318.13(a). Accordingly, in the wake of COVID-19, the City is converting all City Council and City Board meetings to a remote electronic format for the duration of the State of Emergency. Only meetings of the City Council, and other critical City Board meetings (to be determined), will be held. When they are held, they will adhere to a format that is consistent with the purpose and intent of the Open Meetings Law, will protect the applicable due process rights of affected individuals, and will further the important public purpose of containing the spread of COVID-19. 


1st & 3rd Thursday of each month
4:30 p.m.
Please note that beginning with the October 1, 2020 meeting, the Appearance Commission will hear Design Alternate requests at its first meeting of each month (the 1st Thursday of each month) and Administrative Alternate requests at its second meeting of each month (the 3rd Thursday of each month).

Meeting Dates and Deadlines
Please see the Design Alternate Application for information regarding the deadline to submit Design Alternate requests.
Current Agenda - Aug. 6, 2020 (BoardDocs)


Virtual: The next Appearance Commission meeting will be conducted on Aug. 6 at 4:30 p.m. It will be a remote meeting held by electronic means.

Appearance Commission public meetings are broadcast and available for viewing by the public via the following methods: the city’s website; the city’s YouTube Channel or Channel RTN-11. The Appearance Commission public meetings can also be listened to by telephone. For instructions on how to listen by phone, please contact Lee Stevens at 919-996-4629 or Archived videos of past meetings are also available. Watch live streaming or videos on RTN 11.

Meeting Minutes
View on BoardDocs





How to Participate in the August 6, 2020 Meeting

All individuals (including but not limited to applicants, property owners, and neighbors) must sign up in advance to participate.

To participate you must sign up no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. Contact Lee Stevens at 919-996-2659 or to sign up.

Individuals who sign-up to participate will receive an email with additional instructions and information upon sign-up. Per instructions in the email, all presentations, documents, exhibits and any other materials are due by 5 p.m. Friday, July 31.

City Staff Liaison:
Rotonda McCoy
Planning and Development Department

Carter Pettibone
Planning and Development Department

Design Alternate Applications

The Appearance Commission hears and decides requests for Design Alternates from the City’s Unified Development Ordinance. When hearing Design Alternates, the Appearance Commission sits as a quasi-judicial body and conducts an evidentiary hearing on the Design Alternate request.

The Appearance Commission is now accepting Design Alternate applications. The Commission will begin conducting evidentiary hearings on Design Alternate requests at its October 1, 2020 meeting. Among other requirements, to be placed on an agenda, a Design Alternate application must be submitted a minimum of 60 days prior to the meeting at which the application will be heard. More information regarding the Design Alternate application process can be found in the Design Alternate Application.

How to Participate in a Remote Evidentiary Hearing

All individuals (including, but not limited to, all attorneys, applicants, property owners, witnesses, and neighbors) must sign up in advance to participate in remote evidentiary hearings at the Appearance Commission meeting.

To participate in an evidentiary hearing at the October 1 Appearance Commission meeting you must sign-up using the form below, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. Individuals who sign-up to participate in an evidentiary hearing will receive an email with additional instructions and information upon sign-up.

Sign-up Form to Participate

The sign-up period for evidentiary hearing for the October 1 Appearance Commission meeting will open approximately 2 weeks prior to the meeting date. Applicants with cases on the October 1 agenda will be notified when the sign-up period opens.   

If you have any questions about participating in the October 1, 2020 Appearance Commission meeting or otherwise, please contact either Lee Stevens at or by phone (919) 996-2659; or Carter Pettibone at or by phone (919) 996-4630 as soon as possible, but no later than September 24


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.


Appearance Commission Members
Brandy Thompson
1100 Filmore Street
Raleigh, NC 27605
Serving: Third Term 7-6-20
Canice Andre
1012 Winona Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Serving: Third Term 12-3-21
Corey Bates
2309 Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27612
Serving: Second Term 12-5-21
William Dodge
2409 Rockridge Court
Raleigh, NC 27612
Serving: First Term 6-18-21
Martha Eberle
2312 Euston Street
Raleigh, NC 27610
Serving: Second Term 5-21-22
Jamie Ferguson
1405 Ashburton Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
Serving: Third Term 3-5-21
Will Gaskins
1222 Clifton Place
Raleigh, NC 27604
Serving: First Term 2-4-22
Katherine Hogan
319 Fayetteville Street, Unit 305
Raleigh, NC 27601
Serving: Second Term 11-8-21
Jake Levitas
2513 Remington Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
Serving: Second Term 5-5-22
Megan Beach
764 Saint Beach Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
Serving First Term 6-2-22
Corey Mason
2321 Blue Ridge Road #202
Raleigh, NC 27607
Serving: First Term 11-19-21
Chad Parker
4007 Brownstone Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
Serving: Second Term 11-18-21
Bernard Thaxton
2313 Fox Hill Circle
Raleigh, NC 27610
Serving: Second Term 7-21-21
Adam Walters
621 Kirby Street
Raleigh, NC 27606
Serving: First Term 4-2-21
Chris Roberts
1610 Weatherford Circle
Raleigh, NC 27604
Serving First Term 7-7-22

If you would like to be considered for service on the Appearance Commission, please complete the online interest form.

Minutes Archive

We moved to BoardDocs in June of 2017. View agendas and minutes from 2017 to present there. 

Minutes - (zip file downloads for items older than 2017):