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 Commissions. 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."
Historic Preservation Commission
The Commission is comprised of five at-large members appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Each member is eligible to serve two consecutive three-year terms and at least three of the Commission members must have demonstrated special interest, experience and/or education in history, architecture, archaeology or related fields.
The Commission holds regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of the month at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. and holds various workshops and work sessions throughout the year. Visit the Business and Community Development calendar to find the next scheduled meeting.
The Historic Preservation Commission holds the following responsibilities:
- To recommend that the local governing board designate properties as historic landmarks
- To recommend that the local governing board designate areas as historic districts
- To approve or disapprove applications from property owners who wish to make changes to properties that are locally designated landmarks or are in locally designated historic districts to ensure that inappropriate changes are not made
- To advise and assist the local government in preservation planning.
The Historic Preservation Commission is support staffed by the Office of Business and Community Development located at 31 West First Street. For additional information, please contact us.