Town Historic Preservation Plan in Progress: Video Update
The Town of Davidson recently launched a video update about the ongoing Historic Preservation Plan process. You can view the video on the Town’s YouTube Channel here.
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
“Historic preservation is important because it tells our story,” said Board of Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael. “Davidson’s history is rich with the college, the African American community, and the mill, and when we understand where we come, then we can move forward.”
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 was chosen to produce the Historic Preservation Plan.
Community input has been an important part of the process thus far with residents invited to participate in a survey, stakeholder meetings, and focus groups. The town’s advisory boards, specifically the Planning Board and the Historic Preservation Commission, have also been involved in offering input.
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.
Davidson community residents and business owners can watch for additional opportunities to offer feedback in the coming months.
For questions and more information, please contact Senior Planner Lindsay Laird at[email protected].