This is a brief introduction to the
work of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. Click
here for current roster. It
is primarily intended for the members of the Commission, but everyone is
welcome to look it over. The course consists primarily of hyperlinks
which take you to pages that explain the various purposes of the Historic
The offices of the Commission are
located at 2100 Randolph Road in in Charlotte in the historic
Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House. The Commission meets the second Monday
night of each month at 6 p.m. The public is welcome.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission is an agency of
Mecklenburg County and for budgetary purposes is a component of the County's
Engineering and Building Standards Department. It has 13 members.
The Board of County Commissioners appoints 6 members. The Charlotte
City Council appoints 4 members. The Mayor of Charlotte appoints 2
members. All are appointed for 3-year terms and may be reappointed for
an additional 3-year term. The Mecklenburg Historical Association
selects 1 non-voting member of the Commission.
Commission was created in July 1973 by joint action of the Charlotte City
Council and the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. Click
here to see photos of 25th anniversary celebration of the Commission.
The Commission derives all of its powers from State Enabling
Legislation. Click here to read
State Enabling Legislation. Click
here to read Legislation regarding property tax deferral for historic
landmarks. The fundamental purpose of the
Commission is to recommend the designation of properties (real and
personal) for historic landmark designation and to secure the preservation
of same through exercising design review and through buying and selling
endangered historic landmarks.
The Historic Landmarks Commission
protects properties in four fundamental ways. First, it recommends the
designation of individually significant properties as historic landmarks.
THE HLC WILL BE SENSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL OF AN OWNER’S
DESIRE REGARDING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROCESSING AN OWNER’S PROPERTY, BUT
THAT THE HLC, AFTER DELIBERATE CONSIDERATION, WILL RECOMMEND THE PROCESSING
OF PROPERTIES FOR HISTORIC DESIGNATION IF IT DEEMS THAT THE PROPERTY IS
WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION FOR DESIGNATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PREVAILING
Second, it buys and sells endangered
historic landmarks through its $9 million dollar revolving fund and places
preservation covenants in the deeds when the properties are sold.
Third, it administers design review over intended material alterations of
historic landmarks. Fourth, it educates the general public about the
significance of historic landmarks.
The Commission has
committees. They are:
Committee. The Projects Committee formulates recommendations
concerning the operations of the Commission's $9 million revolving
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission has the largest,
local, publicly funded historic preservation revolving fund in the United
States. Click here for present projects.
Committee. The Survey Committee formulates recommendations
regarding the designation or removal of designation of historic landmarks
and the conducting of surveys and inventories of the local historic built
here to see Potential Historic Landmarks Forms, which are submitted by
owners to the Commission. The documentation for prospective historic
landmarks is found in a Survey and Research Report. Click
here to see an example of a Survey and Research Report.
Review Committee. The Design Review Committee formulates
recommendations regarding the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness
for intended physical changes to historic landmarks. It is,
therefore, the Commission's instrument of design review.
Certificates of Appropriates can be one of two types. A Minor Works
Certificate of Appropriateness is issued for incidental changes. The
Chairman of the Design Review Committee and the Consulting Director of the
Commission have the authority to issue such documents if they agree on its
content. Major Certificates of Appropriateness must come before the
full Historic Landmarks Commission for action. Click
here to see a Minor Works Certificate of Appropriateness Application Form.
Click here to see a Major
Certificate of Appropriateness Application Form.
Committee. The Finance Committee solicits suggestions for
programmatic changes to the Commission's activities, so that the
Consulting Director can incorporate these within the budget request
submitted to the Engineering and Building Standards Department of
Committee. The Nominating Committee selects a list of
nominees for the elected officers of the Commission. They are:
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer.