- The purpose of the historic preservation law shall be clearly stated
and should be substantially similar to the language of the purpose clauses
in the North Carolina enabling legistlation for historic preservation
commissions (North Carolina
G.S. 160A-400.1 through 160A-400.14).
- The law shall clearly define a process and criteria for historic district
and/or historic landmark designation (G.S. 160A-400.4, 160A-400.5, and
- The law shall establish a commission which shall have the authority
to review and render a binding decision upon all proposed alterations,
relocations, demolition, and new construction within the boundaries
of designated historic districts or which affect individually designated
- The criteria upon which a commission reviews proposals for alteration
and demolition shall be clearly set forth in the law and in design
guidelines adopted by the commission. If the commission is a historic
district commission, the law and guidelines shall also contain criteria
for reviewing proposals for new construction.
- Decisions of the commission shall set forth the basis for their determination
and shall be binding. Provisions for enforcing decisions and a right
to appeal must exist in the historic preservation or zoning laws.
- The historic preservation law shall contain specific time limits within
which the commission and the applicant shall act.