Historic District Design Standards Update

HD Design Guidelines 2009


In support of the Board of Commissioners’ Strategic Plan and the recently adopted Historic Preservation Plan (2023), the Town of Davidson Planning Department has initiated an update to the Historic District Design Standards. These standards provide guidance for alteration, restoration, new construction, additions, relocation, or demolition affecting properties in the local historic district. The current Design Standards were drafted in 2009. With new development practices and the potential expansion of existing local historic districts, amendments to the existing standards are needed. The goal of the project is to create an updated, user-friendly document that is rich in content and illustrations. 

Architecture & planning firm Frazier Associates was selected to complete the Design Standards update. Frazier Associates' team of planners, historic architects, historians, and graphic designers are national leaders in the unique field of writing standards for historic districts. They have experience working in communities across the southeast and recently completed an update to the City of Charlotte's Historic District Design Standards.  

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

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Public Workshop #1 - Wednesday, February 7, 2024

All property owners/tenants in the local historic district are invited to attend a consultant-led workshop on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Lower Level of Davidson Town Hall & Community Center, 251 South Street, Davidson, NC 28026. 

Davidson Historic Districts: Public Input Questionnaire

Your opinions and insights as a property owner and/or tenant in the local district—as well as those who already may have been through the design review process with Town staff and the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)— represents an important component in this project. Please take the Davidson Historic Districts: Public Input Questionnaire to help maintain, cultivate, and improve the preservation of Davidson’s unique and important historic resources. The online survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and is available here: https://polco.us/skqf7e