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2019-2020 Guidelines Update Review and Adoption Schedule

2019/2020 Public Meetings

October 2, 2019, 4:00 p.m. - Revised Draft Distributed to HRC and Public
Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 5th Floor Meeting Room,  100 E. First St.

Comments may be shared with the Commissioners by emailing them to staff at preservation@cityofws.org. Public comments that are received from October 2-25 will be included in November 6 meeting packets. Comments received from October 26–31 will be emailed to the Commissioners on November 1. Comments received from November 1–5 will be emailed to the Commissioners by noon on November 6. Any comments not delivered to staff by 5 p.m. on November 5 must be made in person by attending the November 6 HRC meeting and speaking during the public comment period.

November 6, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. – Public Comment on the October 2, 2019 Draft
Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 5th Floor Meeting Room,  100 E. First St.

There will be a public comment period during the November 6 HRC meeting. This is the opportunity for all interested parties to raise substantive comments and concerns about the October 2 draft Guidelines. During the meeting, HRC will listen to the comments and concerns of the public, and discuss their own opinions regarding the draft. Once the HRC reaches consensus about the Guidelines, the Commissioners will direct staff to make any revisions or alterations they deem necessary. The November 6 meeting will have four public comment periods: 1. Revision Process & Timeline, 2. Visibility, 3. Changes to the Environment, and 4. Changes to the Building Exterior. Each speaker will have three minutes to speak during each comment period.

December 4, 2019, 4:00 p.m. - Final Draft Distributed to HRC and Public
Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 5th Floor Meeting Room,  100 E. First St.

February 5, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - Public Hearing and HRC Vote on Adoption of Revised Guidelines
Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 5th Floor Meeting Room,  100 E. First St.

    October 28, 2019 Draft Materials

    1. Front and Appendix Materials
    2. Emails from the Public, October 2-25, 2019
    3. Meeting with West End Neighborhood Association Committee Members, October 17, 2019

    October 2, 2019 Draft Materials

    1. Staff Report on Revision Process, October 2019 Draft, and Next Steps
    2. October 2019 Draft Guidelines, Excluding Front Matter and Appendices
    3. Summer 2019 Drop-in Session Boards with Comments
    4. Comments Received During Extended Public Input Period, 2019
    5. May 1, 2019 Update Draft – Changes Marked with Comments
    6. Comments Received During Public Input Period, 2018


    August 21, 2018, Public Meeting Presentation [pdf/1.82mb/27p]

    June 13, 2018, Public Meeting Presentation [pdf/1.63mb/28p]

    May 1, 2018, Update Draft [pdf/459kb/94p]

    May 1, 2018 Update Draft - Changes Marked with Comments [pdf/2.18mb/256p]

    July 9, 2019, Visibility Diagrams [pdf/503kb/3p]

    July 9, 2019, Signage Boards [pdf/950kb/6p]

    July 23, 2019, NC General Statutes Governing Historic Districts and Landmarks [pdf/130kb/9p]

    July 24, 2019, Windows, Substitute Materials, and Accessibility [pdf/9.7mb/9p]

    July 31, 2019, Fences, Railings, Parking and Driveways, and Vegetation [pdf/1.62mb/8p]

    August 21, 2019, Lighting and Modern Accessory Features, such as Cameras, Solar, EV Stations, Pay-to-Park Kiosks [pdf/885kb/5p]


    The first meeting of the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission West End Guidelines Subcommittee was held on September 22, 2016. Meetings of the Subcommittee continued through 2017. The Subcommittee’s focus was on resolving problems with the West End Historic Overlay Design Review Guidelines that had become evident during Certificate of Appropriateness reviews. Staff distributed a draft of the Guidelines update to the Historic Resources Commission and neighborhood stakeholders in May 2018. A public input meeting was held with stakeholders on June 13, 2018. Throughout the summer of 2018, members of the public were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft document through CiviComment. On August 21, 2018, a second public input meeting was held. CiviComment was closed on August 27, 2018. From fall 2018 through spring 2019, staff reviewed and categorized the public comments.

    During the summer of 2019, the Historic Resources Commission and their staff held a series of subject-specific drop-in sessions to solicit additional feedback on certain hot topics. During the fall of 2019, this feedback will be incorporated into a revised draft, which will be distributed and reviewed according to the Review and Adoption schedule posted above. Staff anticipates that a revised set of Guidelines will be adopted by the HRC on February 5, 2020, with review beginning under the new Guidelines on March 4, 2020.

Contact Information


Michelle M. McCullough, Project Planner

Heather Bratland, Project Planner

Revised 10/29/2019

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