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The Historic District Commission is a seven-member volunteer board, appointed by the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, that reviews applications for exterior changes within the Historic District. A majority of the commission’s members have specialized training or an interest in architecture, preservation, archaeology, history or building methods.
The commission’s mission is to identify, protect and preserve Hillsborough’s architectural resources and to educate the public about those resources and preservation in general. In its quasi-judicial role, the commission hears evidence, determines relevant facts and then applies the law as it concerns the exterior changes to or demolition of any properties as well as new construction in the district.
The commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Town Barn, located on the Town Hall campus at 101 E. Orange St. Access is from East Corbin Street.
- Historic District Commission Rules of Procedure
- Navigating the Historic District Commission Review Process
- Hillsborough Historic District's Period of Significance Extended to 1963.
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Certificate of Appropriateness Applications
It is unlawful to begin construction, moving, demolition, alteration or restoration of any structure or site until a Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued by the Historic District Commission.
It is suggested that you contact staff when considering any exterior changes to your property. To schedule a pre-application meeting or submit an application, contact Planner Stephanie Trueblood. The righthand sidebar includes links to information that will help in the review process.
The deadline for submitting applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness is noon Wednesday two weeks prior to a Historic District Commission meeting date. Deadline dates are available on the Administrative Manual for the Unified Development Ordinance page. See Appendix B for the deadlines. Submittal of a complete application by the deadline will not guarantee time on the next agenda.
Hillsborough Historic District Design Guidelines
The Hillsborough Historic District Design Guidelines were developed to guide the commission in reviewing applications for:
- Changes to existing buildings
- New construction and additions
- Changes to historic district setting
The guidelines also provide information on exempt and minor works, as well as other architectural and historic resources. They are a useful tool for property owners, contractors, real estate agents and residents.
Hard copies of the design guidelines are available from the Planning Department for a fee.
|Historic Inventory Map||2.42 MB|
|Name||Term Start||Term End||Board|
|Mark Bell / Chair||06/08/2009||06/08/2015||Historic District Commission|
|Mike Irwin||06/11/2012||06/30/2015||Historic District Commission|
|Holly Snyder||11/09/2009||11/30/2015||Historic District Commission|
|David McCullough||11/09/2009||11/30/2015||Historic District Commission|
|Candice Cobb||11/09/2009||11/30/2015||Historic District Commission|
|Reid Highley||10/14/2013||10/31/2016||Historic District Commission|
|Anna Currie / Vice Chair||03/14/2011||03/31/2017||Historic District Commission|
Meetings in the Next 60 Days
|Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 7:00pm||Historic District Commission|
|Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 7:00pm||Historic District Commission|
Previous Meeting Agenda and Minutes
For a list of meetings including agenda and minutes, click here.
For a list of archived meeting files, click here.
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