Appearance Commission

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. 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. At least one member of the commission must be a resident of the City’s extraterritorial planning and development regulation area.

When hearing quasi-judicial matters, the Appearance Commission has 9 regular members and 6 alternate members. The ETJ member must be a regular member and must be appointed by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

The Commission also appoints standing committees to undertake special design-related outreach and education efforts such as the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards.

Meeting Updates

The February 3, 2022 meeting of the Raleigh Appearance Commission will be a remote meeting conducted by electronic means. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m.

The General Assembly has approved the use of remote meetings, including remote quasi-judicial hearings, during the statewide COVID-19 state of emergency pursuant to Session Law 2021-2, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 166A-19.24. The remote meetings of the City Council and the City Boards and Commissions will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of that statute.


Current Agenda - February 3, 2022

First and third Thursday of each month

4:30 p.m.

The Appearance Commission hears Design Alternate requests at its first meeting of each month (the first Thursday of each month) and Administrative Alternate requests and other business at its second meeting of each month (the third Thursday of each month).

Filing Calendar
Please see the Design Alternate Application for information regarding the deadline to submit Design Alternate requests.



Appearance Commission public meetings will be broadcast live on RTN 11 and on our live streaming webpage. To watch past meetings, visit our video services page.

Agendas and Meeting Minutes
View on BoardDocs

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





How to Participate in an Evidentiary Hearing for Design Alternate Cases at the Meeting

All individuals (including but not limited to all attorneys, applicants, property owners, witnesses, and neighbors) must sign-up in advance to participate in an evidentiary hearing at the February 3 meeting. To participate you must sign-up using this form, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, January 31. Individuals who sign-up to participate in an evidentiary hearing will receive an email with additional instructions and information upon sign-up.

Design Alternates

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 began 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 application process can be found in the Design Alternate Application.

Design Committee

The Design Committee is a subcommittee with the purpose of discussing potential options for the Commission to present to the City Council in 2021 for Commission review of certain projects. The Design Committee currently meets in a virtual environment.

  • Current Agenda - February 12, 2021
  • Meeting Schedule: Meeting at 12 p.m.
  • Meeting Location: Virtual
  • Discussion Items:
    Design review options for the Commission

Committee Assignments:

Will Gaskins
Jake Levitas
Christopher Roberts
Adam Walters

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):


Appearance Commission Members
Chris Roberts
1610 Weatherford Circle
Raleigh, NC 27604
Serving Second Term 7-7-24
Adam Walters
621 Kirby St.
Raleigh, NC 27606
Serving: Third Term 4-2-25
Candice Andre
1012 Winona Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609
Serving: Third Term 12-3-21
Martha Eberle
2312 Euston St.
Raleigh, NC 27610
Serving: Second Term 5-21-22
Marcus Tuttle
1201 Gunnison Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Serving: First Term 3-5-23
Will Gaskins
1222 Clifton Place
Raleigh, NC 27604
Serving: First Term 2-4-22
Patrice Gilmore
4613 Westminster Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27604
Serving: First Term 10-6-22
Corey Bates
2309 Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27612
Serving: Thrid Term 12-5-23
Jake Levitas
2513 Remington Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610
Serving: Third Term 5-5-24
Megan Beach
764 Saint George Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27610
Serving Second Term 6-2-24
Douglas Johnston
120 Forest Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27605
Serving: First Term 1-18-24
Bernard Thaxton
2313 Fox Hill Circle
Raleigh, NC 27610
Serving: Third Term 11-1-23