The public is invited to attend a joint meeting of the Pinehurst Village Council and the Historic Preservation Commission in order to provide your input on both the proposed revisions to the Historic District Guidelines and a proposal to split the historic district.
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 4:30 pm in the Assembly Hall at 395 Magnolia Road in Pinehurst.
The Historic District Guidelines provide the Pinehurst Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and Village staff with tools for assessing whether a proposed change, addition, new construction, or demolition in the Pinehurst Historic District will be congruous with the special character of the Historic District. Many of the Guidelines are requirements that must be complied with, while others are offered as strong recommendations.
These revised Historic District Guidelines were developed by a Guidelines Revision Committee under the auspices of the Pinehurst Historic Preservation Commission. The committee, which included several members of the HPC, a builder, an architect, and business owner, reviewed other NC local historic district guidelines and met regularly over the last year to develop the proposed Historic District Guidelines.
The revised Historic District Guidelines address a wide range of topics about the exterior of properties in the Local Historic District. Many exterior changes, such as fences, adding shutters, or changing paint colors, can be approved by Planning Department Staff. Other changes require the approval of the Pinehurst Historic Preservation Commission. Even if your home is fairly new, its location in the Historic District means that it should contribute to the special character of the Local Historic District.
In 2017, the Village contracted with New South Associates (New South) to re-examine the Pinehurst Local Historic District Overlay boundary adopted by the Village Council on September 26, 2006. As a result of this re-examination, New South recommends that the existing local historic district overlay boundary be amended into three smaller districts: Old Village Center, Village West, and the School District.
These recommended districts are associated with their own historical contexts and physical development and acknowledge the “special character” of different areas within the Village. According to this proposed plan, all properties located within our current historic district would be included in one of the three, smaller proposed districts.
While a final decision will not be made at this meeting, public input is requested before Council proceeds. The proposed revised historic district guidelines can be viewed online at http://www.vopnc.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=8152
Those who are unable to attend the meeting can provide input at www.vopnc.org/openvillagehall.
For questions, please contact Planning and Inspections Director Will Deaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-295-8658.