Historic Resources Commission

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    The Commission meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. in the North Conference Room on the first floor of the Asheville City Building.

    The Historic Resources Commission (HRC) of Asheville and Buncombe County was created in 1979 through local ordinance adopted by both the City of Asheville and Buncombe County pursuant to the North Carolina General Statutes.  The joint city/county Commission consists of 12 members with six appointments from each jurisdiction. All members have equal voting rights and serve 3-year terms. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. Officers of the Commission are elected among themselves.

    The HRC has also been approved as a Certified Local Government, which means that the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office with the concurrence of the National Park Service has approved the HRC to carry out the purpose of the National Historic Preservation Act at the local government level.

    The mission of the Historic Resources Commission is to preserve and protect cultural and architectural resources of Asheville and Buncombe County. The HRC is responsible for the identification and evaluation of historically significant neighborhoods and individual sites for both national and local historic designation. The HRC also adopts or modifies preservation design guidelines as necessary for local districts and evaluates new construction and alterations to existing structures and landscapes for congruence with the adopted guidelines. Additionally, the HRC serves as an educational resource providing technical assistance and general information on the process and benefits of historic preservation to area residents and property owners.

    Understanding the Role of the Historic Resources Commission

    Rules of Procedure 

    Chair: Brendan Ross - bertsandphoebe@aol.com

    Meeting Schedule 2016

    Apply for Board Vacancy - Asheville City Clerk

    Apply for Board Vacancy - Buncombe County Clerk to the Board of Commissioners



    April 13, 2016
    March 9, 2016
    February 10, 2016
    January 13, 2016

    December 9, 2015
    November 11, 2015
    October 14, 2015
    September 9, 2015
    August 12, 2015
    July 8, 2015
    June 10, 2015
    May 13, 2015
    April 8, 2015
    March 11, 2015
    February 11, 2015
    January 14, 2015

    December 10, 2014
    November 12, 2014
    October 8, 2014
    September 10, 2014
    August 13, 2014
    July 25, 2014 - Special Biltmore Village On Site Meeting
    July 9, 2014
    June 11, 2014
    May 15, 2014 Retreat Notice
    May 14, 2014
    April 9, 2014
    March 12, 2014
    February 12, 2014 - MEETING CANCELED
    January 8, 2014


    March 2016
    February 2016
    January 2016

    December 2015
    November 2015
    October 2015
    September 2015
    August 2015
    July 2015
    June 2015
    May 2015
    April 2015
    March 2015
    February 2015
    January 2015

    December 2014
    November 2014
    October 2014
    September 2014
    August 2014
    July 2014
    June 2014
    May 2014
    April 2014
    March 2014
    February 2014 - Meeting canceled.
    January 2014


    For archived minutes of the Historic Resources Commission, please call 828-259-5836.


    Contact Information

    Historic Resources Commission
    Planning & Development Department

    Stacy Merten, Director
    Email: smerten@ashevillenc.gov
    Phone: 828-259-5836

    Alex Cole, Historic Review Specialist
    Email: acole@ashevillenc.gov
    Phone: 828-259-5638

    Location: Asheville City Hall, 70 Court Plaza
    Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802

    Fax: 828-259-5428

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