Design Review Guidelines Update


The City of High Point's Historic District Design Review Guidelines are in the process of being updated in a joint effort between the City of High Point, the Historic Preservation Commission and members of the community with an interest in preserving the city's historic properties.

The High Point Historic Preservation Commission has identified the need to update the Design Review Guidelines, which have not been significantly revised since adoption in 1992. A redesigned and more comprehensive document is needed that is more user-friendly, and reflective of current expectations of the property owners in our three local historic districts, the design community and Commission members.

The City, through its Historic Preservation Commission, received a 2016 federal Historic Preservation Fund grant, awarded and administered by the State Historic Preservation Office of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. The grant is being used to partially offset the cost of updating the Design Review Guidelines.

What are design guidelines?

Design review guidelines provide a framework from which recommendations may be offered about the appropriateness of exterior treatments to homes located within a historic district. Through such guidelines, the Historic Preservation Commission, homeowners and staff are supplied with minimum standards for making decisions when reviewing applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). An application for a COA must be submitted and approved prior to conducting any exterior work, other than ordinary maintenance.

The Process & Timeline

The process of updating the Design Review Guidelines is scheduled to be completed by August 2017. At that point, the City will have a fully revised document in a digital format. A consultant team, consisting of Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, of Ramsey Leimenstoll, Architect, and Heather Wagner Slane, were selected to complete the new design review guidelines.

There will be opportunities for the community to provide feedback throughout the process. The initial public meeting on the project will be held on February 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room at the High Point Public Library.

These meetings will offer residents of the city's three historic districts, Johnson Street, Sherrod Park, West High Avenue, as well as other members of the community, to provide their input on the project. Community involvement is essential in ensuring that the new design review guidelines are tailored to the specific needs of the City of High Point.

Please visit this page regularly for the latest information on how this project is progressing, and for the dates of any upcoming public meetings.