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Public input sought on Historic Property Handbook & Design Guidelines

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The Wake Forest Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Design Guidelines Committee (DGC) are seeking public comment on the draft “Historic Property Handbook & Design Guidelines” through Wednesday, March 13.  

The DGC recently prepared the draft document which is based on the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the previous version of the Wake Forest Historic District Design Guidelines. The document’s central focus is the Design Guidelines section, which provides direction for property owners, tenants, commission members, planning staff, architects, contractors, and building inspectors for the preservation of the special character of Wake Forest’s landmarks and historic district properties.

The HPC is offering area residents several ways to view and share their comments on the draft guidelines:

  • Area residents are invited to review the draft document and share their comments online at www.wakeforestnc.gov/historic-district-design-guidelines.aspx.

  • Hard copies are available for review at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St., and at the Planning Department, located on the third floor of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Comment forms are provided at both locations.

  • A public information meeting about the draft guidelines has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St. Senior Planner for Historic Preservation Michelle Michael will provide a brief presentation on the guidelines at 6 p.m. Attendees will then be invited to ask questions and share their comments.

The HPC will hold a public hearing on the Historic Property Handbook & Design Guidelines during its regular meeting on March 13 at 7 p.m. to determine if the document will be recommended for approval to the Board of Commissioners. Once approved, the new document will replace the Wake Forest Historic District Design Guidelines that were revised in 1999.

For more information, contact Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or mmichael@wakeforestnc.gov.

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