Historic Preservation Commission

Overview

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a quasi-judicial body that acts on Certificates of Appropriateness for development within the Downtown Boone Local Historic District and other designated Local Landmarks.  The HPC also acts in an advisory capacity by making recommendations to Town Council to promote, enhance and preserve the character and historic landmarks or districts in the Town’s planning area. 

Please review the Town of Boone Unified Development Ordinance(UDO), Article 2 Administrative Mechanisms (Sections 2.04 & 2.05), Article 6 Quasi-Judicial Hearings, and Article 8 Historic Preservation Procedures for more information about the HPC.

Membership

The HPC consists of seven (7)members appointed by Town Council for 3-year terms.   All members shall be residents of the Town of Boone.

To the extent qualified persons can be found, the majority of the Commission shall have demonstrated special interest, experience, or education in history, architecture, archaeology, or related fields, and to the extent, persons may be found with the stated qualifications, the Town Council shall seek to appoint two persons with significant experience or knowledge in historic preservation, one person with significant experience or knowledge in building construction, and one person with significant experience or knowledge in architecture.

One membership position on the HPC shall be designated for an Appalachian State University student; provided, that more than one Appalachian State University student position may be appointed at the discretion of the Town Council. The designated Appalachian State University student member shall serve a term of one (1) year.

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Powers and Duties

  1. Undertake an inventory of properties of historical, prehistorical, architectural, and/or cultural significance; and
  2. Recommend to the Town Council areas to be designated by ordinance as "Historic Districts;" modification of Historic District boundaries; and individual structures, buildings, sites, areas, or objects to be designated by Ordinance as "Landmarks”; and
  3. Recommend to the Town Council criteria and procedures for the protection and preservation of Historic Districts and Landmarks; and
  4. Recommend to the Town Council that designation of any area as a Historic District or part thereof, or designation of any building, structure, site, area, or object as a Landmark, be revoked or removed for cause; and
  5. Conduct educational programs with respect to historic properties and districts within its jurisdiction, including but not limited to programs of recognition for significant historic properties, and programs to educate landowners of possible tax benefits associated with historic designation; and
  6. Cooperate with the State, federal, and local governments in pursuance of the preservation and protection of areas and properties deemed to be of special significance in terms of their history, prehistory, architecture and /or culture, and contract, when authorized by the Town Council, with the State of North Carolina or the United States of America, or any agency of either for that purpose; and
  7. Enter, solely in performance of its official duties and only at reasonable times, upon private lands for examination or survey thereof, provided that no member, employee or agent of the Commission may enter any private building or structure without the express consent of the owner or occupant thereof; and
  8. Prepare and recommend the official adoption of a preservation element as part of the municipality's comprehensive plan; and
  9. Review and act upon proposals for alterations, demolitions, or new construction within historic districts, or for the alteration or demolition of designated landmarks, and identify and propose preservation alternatives to owners; and
  10. Perform any other related duties that the Council may direct.

Meetings

  • 6:00 pm
  • 1st Tuesday of every month
  • The HPC is currently meeting virtually, through WebEx, a video-conferencing software.  Please contact the Planning & Inspections Department by email (planning@townofboone.net) or by phone (828-268-6960) for more information on how to watch or participate in the HPC meetings. 

Rules of Procedure

TheHPC shall conduct its meetings in accordance with its duly adopted rules of procedures so long as they are not inconsistent with the provisions of the UDO or State law, and the Commission shall comply with the requirements of the UDO Article 8.  The Commission shall conduct its meetings so as to obtain necessary information and to promote the full and free exchange of ideas. When exercising authority over any individual property in accordance with Sections 8.03 and 8.06 of the UDO, it shall conduct itself in a quasi-judicial manner.


Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Overview

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is responsible for the inventory of historical, architectural, and culturally significant properties within the town’s planning jurisdiction, and makes recommendations to Council to promote, enhance and preserve the character and historic landmarks or districts. Currently, HPC has # members, and members are appointed for three-year terms.

Meetings

  • 6:00 pm
  • 1st Tuesday of every month

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Board MembersAppointedTerm Expires
Eric Plaag- Chair5/20/20216/30/2024
Bettie Bond- Vice-Chair6/18/20206/30/2023
Chuck Watkins- Board Member9/18/20186/30/2021
Vacant- Student Member 
6/30/2022
Vacant- Board Member

6/30/2023
Vacant- Board Member

6/30/2024
Vacant- Board Member

6/30/2024