Davidson Historic Preservation Plan

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Recent Updates - Draft Plan Available 

A draft Historic Preservation Plan is available here and a full list of prioritized action item is available in Appendix 7 here. Additional resources may be found under the "Documents & Resources" tab below.

Community input has been an important part of the process throughout the creation of the Historic Preservation Plan. Beginning November 2, 2022, residents are invited to provide public comment on the plan by emailing historicpreservation@townofdavidson.org

The Town of Davidson will also host a public input session at Town Hall at 216 S. Main Street on Wednesday, November 9 from 5-7pm. Attendees can expect a brief presentation at 5pm, followed immediately by a Q&A session. The presentation will repeat at 6pm, followed again by another Q&A session. Comments on the plan will also be collected at this event.

There will be a public hearing for the Historic Preservation Plan during the board of commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 6pm. Community members are invited to sign up to speak for no more than three minutes each as part of the public hearing. The public comment period will end following the hearing on November 15, 2022. 

For questions and more information, please contact historicpreservation@townofdavidson.org


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  3. Timeline

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 and also more recently as one of the guiding tenets in their most recent Strategic Plan. Specific action items in the Strategic Plan include: 

  • developing a historic preservation plan 
  • expanding the historic district
  • improving historic district guidelines
  • supporting strategies for naturally occurring affordable housing with historic preservation principles
  • supporting grants for local businesses who want to rehab structures in the historic district 

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. 

Town staff views a historic preservation plan as a direct result of the community-input driven Comprehensive Plan and the 2020-2021 Strategic Plan. 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

For questions and more information, please email historicpreservation@townofdavidson.org.