Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Upcoming Virtual Meetings

The April 20 meeting of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) and the April 22 meeting of the RHDC Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Committee will be remote meetings conducted by electronic means. If you need technical help with the meetings, please see the RHDC virtual meeting tech support document.

  • The April 20 RHDC meeting will be held at 7:45 a.m. You can view the agenda and obtain additional information regarding the items being discussed at the meeting.
  • April 22 RHDC COA Committee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. 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).

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.





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

They can also be listened to by telephone. For instructions on how to listen by phone, please contact Collette Kinane at 919-996-2649.

How to Participate in the Meetings

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

Go the Certificate of Appropriates Committee section of this page for information on how to participate in the April 22 Raleigh Historic Development Commission Certificate of Appropriateness Committee meeting.

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 pandemic. Governor Cooper has also imposed Executive Orders which are intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by, among other things, requiring individuals to remain in their homes except when engaging in certain activities and prohibiting any gatherings which do not comply with their 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”), generally 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 a large attendance which could make compliance with the Executive Orders and currently recommended social distancing practices impossible.

RHDC Business Meeting

Third Tuesday of the Month
7:45 a.m.
Filing Calendar
Current Agenda - April 20


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 attorneys, applicants, property owners, witnesses and neighbors) must sign-up in advance to participate in an evidentiary hearing at the April 22 meeting. To participate you must sign-up using this form, no later than 12 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Individuals who sign-up to participate in an evidentiary hearing will receive an email with additional instructions and information upon sign-up. All presentations, documents, exhibits and any other materials are also due by 12 p.m. Friday, April 16.

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 7:30 a.m. in the Urban Design Center, Suite 100 of the One Exchange Plaza building. Due to the timing of electronic meetings, these meetings vary.  

    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

    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
    Nick Fountain
    3056 Granville Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27609
    Serving: 2nd Term, 6/21
    Vershae Hite
    833 Bankston Woods Way
    Raleigh, NC 27609
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/22
    Heather Leah
    1304 Ivy Lane
    Raleigh, NC 27609
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/21

    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
    4607 Edwards Mill Road
    Raleigh, NC 27612
    Serving: 1st Term, 6/21
    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
    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

    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