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Historic Preservation 
North Carolina cities and towns are increasingly discovering that historic preservation is an effective means of improving quality of life by stabilizing property values and stimulating new investment in older residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. Through relatively low public expenditures, cities and towns have seen a boost to their tax base as preservation efforts stimulate tourism and commercial activity. The improved physical appearance of areas affected by historic preservation is a useful tool in the recruitment of new industry.

In accordance with State law, cities are given authority to preserve historic character and assets of their communities through the work of local Historic Preservation. City Council established the Lexington Historic Preservation Commission in 2005 in order to "safeguard the heritage of the city by preserving any district or landmark herein that embodies important elements of its culture, history, architectural history or prehistory" and "promote the use and conservation of such district or landmark for the education, pleasure and enrichment of the residents of the City and the State as a whole."  In 2014, City Council merged representation into the Planning Board for comprehensive review.

Historic Preservation Representatives on the Planning Board 
Representatives with historic preservation backgrounds serve on the Planning Board and must have demonstrated special interest, experience and/or education in history, architecture, archaeology or related fields.

Historic Preservation inquiries can be directed to staff in the Office of Business and Community Development . For additional information, please contact us.  

  • Dec 21
    The Fire at Dixie Furniture (LFI Plant 1)

    The dust is beginning to settle from one of the largest fires in Lexington history. Crews continue to monitor the mounds of brick and twisted metal that once was Dixie Furniture.

  • Dec 19
    New Transportation Survey

    The High Point Metropolitan Planning Organization has created an online public survey. It says it needs public input on transportation needs and priorities.

  • Dec 21
    Dixie Furniture Fire Press Conference

    Watch the video of the press conference following the fire at the former Dixie Furniture plant.

  • Dec 15
    Economic Development Plan Survey Results

    The results are in and the City of Lexington is pleased with the responses from its survey done to help it reshape its economic development plan. The City received 188 surveys.

Last updated: 10/27/2015 7:41:26 AM