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Davidson Historic Preservation Plan
Recent Updates - Plan Adoption
The Board of Commissioners voted to adopt the Davidson Historic Preservation Plan at their January 24, 2023, regular meeting. The final plan and appendices may be found under the "Documents & Resources" tab below.
Historic Preservation In Davidson
Historic preservation has long been a priority for the Town of Davidson. In 1989, the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was created, as well as the first local historic district. This local district gave the town control, through the HPC, over the design of structures built within the district. The Davidson Board of Commissioners affirmed the importance of historic preservation in their 2020 Comprehensive Plan.
In the fall of 2020, the town began the process of working towards its first ever Historic Preservation Plan, and in early 2021, Heritage Strategies, LLC was chosen to produce the Historic Preservation Plan. The plan was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in January 2023.
Town staff views a historic preservation plan as a direct result of the community-input driven Comprehensive Plan and the 2020-2021, 2022-2023 Strategic Plans. Based on the Historic Preservation Plan, town staff seeks to involve as many as possible in the input process, increase historic designations, update design standards, and craft an overall strategy for signage and storytelling. The Historic Preservation Plan’s goal is to provide a “roadmap” for historic preservation in the Town of Davidson for the next 10-15 years.
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- Historic Preservation Plan Implementation Guide - This implementation guide is intended to track progress towards implementation of action items in the Historic Preservation Plan. Actions are labeled as follows: AA = awaiting action, IP = in progress, and C = complete.
Historic Preservation Plan Documents (Adopted January 2023)
- Davidson Historic Preservation Plan
- Appendix 1. Statement of Significance for the Davidson National Register Historic District
- Appendix 2. Davidson's Certified Local Government Agreement
- Appendix 3. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
- Appendix 4. Comparison of Davidson's Historic Preservation Ordinance with NC Enabling Legislation
- Appendix 5. Town of Davidson's National Register Historic District w/ Map of Village Infill Overlay Planning Areas
- Appendix 6. Local History Resources
- Appendix 7. Compilation of Implementation Actions, Chapter 3-7
Historic Preservation Plan Survey
- Historic Preservation Survey Summary - The survey was available from April 9, 2021 through May 24, 2021
Historic Preservation Plan Development Timeline:
January 24, 2023: Board of Commissioner Plan Adoption
January 18, 2023: Historic Preservation Commission Recommendation on revised Appendix 7
November 28, 2022: Planning Board Recommendation
November 16, 2022: Historic Preservation Commission Recommendation
November 15, 2022: Board of Commissioner Public Hearing Scheduled
November 9, 2022: Public Input Session Scheduled from 5:00-7:00pm in the Board Room at Davidson Town Hall
November 2, 2022: Draft Plan Available for Public Comment
September 13, 2022: Board of Commissioner Update
August 29, 2022: Planning Board Update
August 17, 2022: Historic Preservation Commission Review of Draft Chapters 4-7
August 9, 2022: Board of Commissioner Review of Draft Chapters 1-3
July 20, 2022: Historic Preservation Commission Review of Draft Chapters 1-3
January 24, 2022: Steering Committee Meeting #4
November 9, 2021: Board of Commissioners presentation
October 25, 2021: Planning Board presentation on detailed plan outline
October 13, 2021: Steering Committee Meeting #3
September-December 2021: Heritage Strategies to draft historic preservation plan on a chapter by chapter basis based on public input
August 3-5, 2021: Focus group meetings held virtually on the following topics: Storytelling, Neighborhood Preservation, Downtown, Rural Preservation, and Historic Preservation Processes.
July 21, 2021: Historic Preservation Commission presentation on draft plan outline
July 1, 2021: Steering Committee Meeting #2 to review a draft plan outline
April-May 2021: Consultant to draft historic preservation vision and goals statement, identify issues, and outline objectives
April 13-14, 2021: Consultant visit to Davidson for field review
April 9, 2021: Citizen survey opens for six weeks to collect feedback related to historic preservation
March 30, 2021: Historic Preservation Plan Steering Committee Meeting #1
January-March 2021: Project initiation; Consultant research and evaluation
January 2021: Heritage Strategies, LLC selected for Historic Preservation Plan development by RFP Review Committee
December 14, 2020: Applications due from consultants for Historic Preservation Plan RFP
November 3, 2020: The Town of Davidson announces a request for proposals (RFP) for the Davidson Historic Preservation Plan