Issue Overview and Background:
The Historic Preservation Commission has recently been criticized as being obstructionist and anti-development. The commission, a quasi-judicial body, exists for the purpose implementing and following design guidelines for local historic districts. While the design guidelines can be opaque and confusing for applicants, the planning department does not currently have the staffing capability to provide in-depth assistance through the process. The commission makes fact-based decisions, which Preservation Durham supports.
- 4/14/13: News and Observer article