Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Upcoming Meetings

The July 20 meeting of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) will be a remote meeting conducted by electronic means. If you need technical help with the meetings, please see the RHDC virtual meeting tech support document.

  • The July 20 RHDC meeting will be held at 7:45 a.m. You can view the agenda (available by July 12) and obtain additional information regarding the items being discussed at the meeting.
  • The July 22 RHDC COA Committee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in-person You can view the agenda and obtain additional information regarding the cases scheduled for evidentiary hearings.  

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).

Per a City Council vote on July 6 all meetings of the RHDC, including Committees will be in person by July 31.  Those who enter the buildings are encouraged to wear a mask, complete a wellness check, and practice social distancing. 





How to Watch the Meetings

The meetings will be 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

How to Participate in the Meetings

To participate in the July 20 Raleigh Historic Development Commission meeting please email Tania Tully by 3 p.m. on Friday, July 16. Any presentations or other materials must be emailed by the same date and will be posted online in BoardDocs on or before Monday, July 19.

To participate in the COA Committee meeting, you must attend in-person.  Go the Certificate of Appropriateness Committee section of this page for additional information on how to participate in the July 22 Raleigh Historic Development Commission Certificate of Appropriateness Committee meeting.

COVID-19 Notice

The Raleigh City Council voted July 6 to return City-appointed boards and commissions to in-person meetings by the end of the month. These groups have been meeting virtually through the first year of the pandemic, based on a North Carolina law change. That law change allowed for virtual public meetings for as long as a State of Emergency was in effect. 

While the State of Emergency is still in place today, Raleigh leaders anticipate it will be lifted in the near future. At that time, all public meetings would revert to in-person meetings. The Council took action to be sure enough time would be given for legal notice of future meetings. Notification of meetings includes whether they are in-person or virtual. 

Council action set the following schedule for a return to in-person meetings:

Quasi-judicial boards return to in-person meetings by July 12; and, 
All other boards and commissions return to in-person meetings by July 31.

RHDC Business Meeting

Third Tuesday of the Month
7:45 a.m.
Filing Calendar
Current Agenda - July 20 (available July 12) 


Meeting Minutes
Recent Business Minutes

City Staff Liaison
Tania Tully
Planning and Development

Public Participation

Commission and committee meetings are open to the public. Note that meetings can be subject to change, following public notice of at least 48 hours.

Some meeting dates may differ from the following times due to holidays; check with commission staff to verify a particular meeting time and place if you are planning to attend.


Serves as the City Council's official historic preservation advisory body to identify, preserve, protect, and promote Raleigh's historic resources. The RHDC consists of twelve members, appointed by City Council to overlapping two-year terms. Members have a demonstrated interest or training in fields related to historic preservation, and reside within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction (at least one-quarter must live or own property in designated historic overlay districts or historic landmarks).

Predecessor organization established by Mayor Dec. 18, 1961; historic districts commission established by Ordinance No. (1973) 484, Revised by Ordinance (1992) 66 TC 399 - 12 Members

The commission's significant powers and duties include:

  1. Inventory historically-significant properties
  2. Make recommendations to City Council regarding: designation of historic landmarks or districts, changes to ordinances affecting historic preservation, ways in which community preservation efforts may be coordinated and strengthened, acquisition of properties by the city and revisions to historic preservation element of the City's Comprehensive Plan
  3. Review and act on proposals for exterior changes to historic landmarks and properties in historic districts
  4. Issue Certificates of Appropriateness
  5. Restore, preserve, operate, or own historic properties
  6. Conduct educational programs
  7. Provide design review assistance on minor work proposals (staff) and on major exterior changes (Design Review Advisory Committee)
  8. Publish books and periodicals relative to the City's historic preservation program such as:
  • "A Primer for Property Owners & Residents of Raleigh Historic Districts"
  • "Culture Town: Life in Raleigh's African American Communities"
  • "Early Raleigh Neighborhoods: Boylan Heights, Cameron Park, Downtown, Glenwood"

Certificate of Appropriateness Committee

How to Participate in an Evidentiary Hearing at the Meeting

All individuals (including but not limited to all applicants, property owners, witnesses, neighbors and attorneys) with competent and material evidence relevant to a case may participate in the evidentiary hearing.  No sign-up is required.  However, presentations must be emailed to Erin Morton or Collette Kinane by Tuesday, July 20.  Ten copies are required for any documents, exhibits or any other materials brought to the July 22 meeting.

Review of "major work" to any exterior change within a Raleigh Historic Overlay District or to a Raleigh Historic Landmark. All Certificate of Appropriateness applications must be submitted electronically through the Permit and Development Portal. COA Application process information is available on the Certificate of Appropriateness process page.

The Certificate of Appropriateness Committee generally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, Avery C. Upchurch Governmental Complex, 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh (check for holidays).

Meeting dates and deadlines

COA Committee Cases


    Executive Committee
    The Executive Committee generally meets on the Wednesday preceding the third Tuesday of the month at 7:45 a.m. in the Urban Design Center, Suite 100 of the One Exchange Plaza building. 

    Research Committee
    The Research Committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:45 a.m. in the Urban Design Center, Suite 100 of the One Exchange Plaza building. 

    Community Awareness Committee
    The Community Awareness Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Urban Design Center, Suite 100 of the One Exchange Plaza building.

    Raleigh Historic Development Commission Members

    Travis Bailey
    1024 Dorothea Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    Serving: 3rd Term, 6/22
    Ian Dunn
    2325 Millbank Street
    Raleigh, NC 27610
    Serving: 2nd Term, 6/22
    Sandi Feaster
    2703 Laurelcherry Street
    Raleigh, NC 27612
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/23
    Vershae Hite
    833 Bankston Woods Way
    Raleigh, NC 27609
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/22
    Curtis Kasefang
    519 Polk Street
    Raleigh, NC 27604
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/23
    Heather Leah
    1304 Ivy Lane
    Raleigh, NC 27609
    Serving: 2nd Term, 6/23
    Harold Mallette
    701 Moonbeam Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/22
    Jeannine McAuliffe
    4913 Liles Road
    Raleigh, NC 27606
    Serving: 2nd Term, 6/22
    Katie Pate
    20 Mayo Street, Apt I1
    Raleigh, NC 27603
    Serving: 2nd Term, 6/23
    John Reese
    719 Devereux Street
    Raleigh, NC 27605
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/22
    Susan Singer
    516 N. Bloodworth Street
    Raleigh, NC 27604
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/22
    Gaston Williams
    2617 London Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27608
    Serving: 3rd Term, 6/23

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

    Archived Minutes

    Both meeting have been moved to BoardDocs. View agendas and minutes from March 2019 for the Business Meeting and May 2020 for the COA Committee there. 

    ZIP file downloads (items older than January 2020):

    RHDC Business Minutes

    2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

    Certificate of Appropriateness Minutes

    2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012