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Town Receives Funding to Update Historic District Design Guidelines

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021

The town has received a $20,000 grant to assist in updating its Hillsborough Historic District Design Guidelines.

The grant is from the National Park Service through the N.C. Historic Preservation Office and will be matched with $10,000 from the town. As part of the update, the design guidelines will become design standards in accordance with the recently enacted N.C. General Statutes Chapter 160D.

The town has contracted with Hill Studio of Roanoke, Va. to handle reformatting and updates to the design standards, while Benchmark Planning of Charlotte will assist with updates to the Historic District Commission Rules of Procedure and any sections of the town’s Unified Development Ordinance that apply to the Historic District Commission. Benchmark will also ensure compliance with the new state statute.

Town Planning Department staff and Historic District Commission members will work with the consultants on the updates through August. Public input will be solicited via a future online survey, and residents will be able to watch public meetings via the town’s YouTube channel. Questions and comments regarding the project should be directed to town Planner Justin Snyder, who provides staff support to the Historic District Commission, via the commission’s contact form.

Current Historic District Design Guidelines and associated documents are available on the Historic District Commission webpage.