Holloway Street Local Historic District Expansion and Plan Update

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2017 Public Hearings

Three public hearings are required as part of the adoption process for the proposed historic district overlay expansion and associated preservation plan amendments. The first is with the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), which will make a recommendation regarding the request. The second will be with the Planning Commission, which will also make a recommendation. The third will be with the City Council, which will make the final decision. 

Meetings and dates:

HPC: Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Committee Room located on the 2nd floor of City Hall.
Planning Commission: May 9, 2017, City Council Chambers, 1st Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza.
City Council: TBD

If you would like more information please feel free to contact Michael Stock by email or call (919) 560-4137, ext. 28227, or Lisa Miller by email or call (919) 560-4137, ext. 28270.

What does it mean to be in a local historic district?

If your property is within a local historic district, additional design standards will primarily apply to the modification, or construction, of a structure or other site work such as landscaping, driveways and walkways, fences and walls, and lighting. A certificate of appropriateness (COA) would, in most instances, be required in order to proceed with your project. COAs are either approved administratively by staff, or require a public hearing and approval by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

In order for a project to receive a COA, the application must demonstrate compliance with the Historic Properties Local Review Criteria. This document is the result of an effort by the Historic Preservation Commission and its staff to establish a community-supported preservation philosophy and to outlines the policies, criteria, and procedures applicable to our locally designated Historic Districts and Landmarks. The manual contains a wide variety of information, and is designed to clarify the application process and to give owners of historic properties an understanding of what constitutes appropriate rehabilitation, renovation, and construction. The Historic Preservation Commission and its staff intend for this document to be useful to anyone needing information on development and renovation for any of Durham’s locally designated historic properties. 

Background Information

Cleveland-Holloway Historic District Background:

  • 1985: The Cleveland and Holloway Streets National Register Historic District was created.
  • 1987:  The Cleveland Street and Holloway Street Local Historic Districts and Preservation Plan were adopted.
  • 2009:  The boundary expansion of the Holloway Street National Register Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Request to Expand the Local Historic District:

On June 21, 2010, the Planning Department received a citizen petition to expand the Holloway Street Local Historic District to align with the National Register Historic District boundary expansion established in 2009.

Planning department staff determined that the petition was complete and the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) determined that the proposed Holloway Street expansion area had the requisite significance and integrity to initiate the expansion of the district.

The request would not only expand the existing boundaries of the Holloway Street Local Historic District, but also require an update to the Preservation Plan for the local historic district. Proposed Plan updates included additional history, corrected references, updated inventory of structures in the district, and minor revisions to the local review criteria. 

Public Meetings and Hearings Held

On April 26, 2012 the Durham City-County Planning Department held a public meeting to inform the neighborhood of the upcoming process for expanding the existing Holloway Street Local Historic District and updating the district’s current Preservation Plan.

In November 2012, a draft plan and proposed boundary (based upon the original petition proposal with additional staff analysis) were made available for public review and input. Another public meeting was held on November 8 to provide neighborhood stakeholders an overview of the draft preservation plan update and boundaries and an opportunity to ask questions.

On April 4, 2013, the HPC held a public hearing and recommended approval (5-1) of the expansion of the district boundaries and the corresponding update to the Preservation Plan (case X1000003).

On July 9, 2013, The Planning Commission held its public hearing on the application, and recommended denial of the expansion with a 6-6 vote.

At this point staff determined it prudent to wait for the consolidated Historic Properties Local Review Criteria to be adopted before proceeding with the request to expand the historic district boundaries.

In February 2016, the Historic Properties Local Review Criteria was approved by the City Council, which included amending all existing preservation plans, including the Cleveland Street and Holloway Street Preservation Plan. This plan amendment also updated the property significance categories for the properties already with the local historic district overlay designation.

2016-2017 UPDATE:

Due to the amount of time that had passed since the 2013 hearings, staff sought to determine what level of support existed for the petition. In March and April 2016, staff held a neighborhood meeting and sent surveys to all property owners. Based upon the results of that outreach, staff began the process to consider the expansion petition and held a second public meeting in August 2016, explaining the petition process and providing  information about local historic districts in general, and to receive additional public input. A third public meeting was held in October 2016 to discuss the process and local historic districts again, and to seek additional public input regarding specific additional areas of consideration beyond the petitioned expansion area.

The public hearing process has begun, with the first public hearing with the HPC on February 7, 2017. On May 9, 2017 the Durham Planning Commission will hold its public hearing on this request. The following maps provide information regarding the petition for expansion, the additional areas for consideration, property significance designations, and responses regarding support for the expansion.