Raleigh Historic Development Commission


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 Governor has issued executive orders requiring individuals to remain in their homes, except for certain activities, closing many businesses to the public, and prohibiting any gatherings which do not comply with its terms. Because of the risks to the public that would arise from continued in-person meetings, pursuant to N.C.G.S. §166A-19.24, the City is converting RHDC COA Committee meetings to a remote electronic format for the duration of the State of Emergency.


The May 28, 2020 meeting of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Committee will be a remote meeting conducted by electronic means. The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. You can view the agenda and obtain additional information regarding the cases scheduled for an evidentiary hearing at the May 28 meeting.

The May 28 RHDC COA Committee 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 May 28 RHDC COA Committee meetings can also be listened to by telephone. For instructions on how to listen by phone, please contact Collette Kinane (919) 996-2649. Archived videos of past meetings are also available. Watch live streaming or videos on RTN 11.



How to Participate in an Evidentiary Hearing 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 May 28 meeting. To participate you must sign-up using the form below, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. 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 time to sign-up to participate in an evidentiary hearing at the May 28, 2020 RHDC COA Committee meeting ended on Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions about the May 28, 2020 RHDC COA Committee meeting, please contact either Collette Kinane at collette.kinane@raleighnc.gov (919) 996-2649; or Erin Morton at erin.morton@raleighnc.gov (919) 996-2632.


RHDC Business Meeting

3rd Tuesday of the Month
7:45 a.m.
Meeting Dates and Deadlines
Current Agenda - February 18, 2020

One Exchange Plaza
Urban Design Center, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27601

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 December 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
  • 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"
  • "In the Districts" - a tri-annual newsletter
  • "Culture Town: Life in Raleigh's African American Communities"
  • "Early Raleigh Neighborhoods: Boylan Heights, Cameron Park, Downtown, Glenwood"

Certificate of Appropriateness Committee

Review of "major work" to any exterior change within a Raleigh Historic Overlay District or to a Raleigh Historic Landmark.


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 meets on the Wednesday preceding the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 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 Caswell Conference Room, Suite 300 of the One Exchange Plaza building.

        Raleigh Historic Development Commission Members

        Nicole Alvarez
        215 Haywood Street
        Raleigh, NC 27601
        Serving: 2nd Term, 6/20
        Travis Bailey
        1024 Dorothea Drive
        Raleigh, NC 27603
        Serving: 2nd Term, 6/20
        Ian Dunn
        2325 Millbank Street
        Raleigh, NC 27610
        Serving: 1st Term, 6/20
        Nick Fountain
        3056 Granville Drive
        Raleigh, NC 27609
        Serving: 2nd Term, 6/21
        Heather Leah
        1304 Ivy Lane
        Raleigh, NC 27609
        Serving: 1st Term, 6/21
        John Hinshaw
        2011-201 Quaker Landing
        Raleigh, NC 27603
        Serving: 2nd Term, 6/20
        Laurie Jackson
        505 Jefferson Street
        Raleigh, NC 27605
        Serving: 3rd Term, 6/20
        Jeannine McAuliffe
        4913 Liles Road
        Raleigh, NC 27606
        Serving: 1st Term, 6/20
        Katie Pate
        4607 Edwards Mill Road
        Raleigh, NC 27612
        Serving: 1st Term, 6/21
        Jimmy Thiem
        634 N. Blount Street
        Raleigh, NC 27604
        Serving: 2nd Term, 6/20
        Kaye Webb
        1020 Belfast Drive
        Raleigh, NC 27610
        Serving: 3rd Term, 6/21
        Gaston Williams
        2617 London Drive
        Raleigh, NC 27608
        Serving: 2nd Term, 6/21

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

        Archived Minutes

        We moved to BoardDocs in January 2020. View agendas and minutes from January 2020 to present 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