MOORESVILLE – The town’s Historic Preservation Commission adopted the updated Historic Preservation Commission local design guidelines to be more in line with the state protocol at its regularly scheduled on Nov. 2 meeting.

According to Tim Brown, senior planner for the Town of Mooresville’s Department of Planning and Community Development, the guidelines will be used by staff, the HPC and the public to evaluate any changes to the exterior of properties within the Commercial Core National Register Historic District and individual local historic landmark properties designated by the Mooresville Board of Commissioners. A reciprocal grant in Fiscal Year 2016-17 from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund, which is administered by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, funded the update.

“We received a federal grant to develop a specific application and update our guidelines,” Commissioner Bobby Compton said. “Any time we have the opportunity to share information from the town that can define something more clear and concise, we appreciate it. The updated guidelines defines things a little bit more than our previous one did – it’ll be easier for people to come with their historical piece of property or the (Mooresville) Downtown Commission to work with the Historic Preservation Commission.”

Brown agreed.

“The document replaces the previous Historic Preservation Commission’s design guidelines in 2005,” Brown wrote in an email. “The updated guidelines will serve as an invaluable resource for historic preservation best practices and will serve as a guide for the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness by either staff or the Historic Preservation Commission.”

Many of the actions to a historic home that previously required a formal Certificate of Appropriateness will now be issued administratively at the staff level rather than following a quasi-judicial public hearing by the Historic Preservation Commission.

“The updated guidelines are intended to present best practices in a clear and concise manner,” Brown said.

The town used the professional services of the nationally recognized historic preservation consulting firm Thomasson and Associates in Nashville, Tenn., to complete this 10-month project, Brown added.




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