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Historic District Guidelines
Recommendation to Split the Historic District
For years, a major factor in the Pinehurst Historic Preservation Commission’s decision to grant a certificate of appropriateness to a new home or changes made to an existing structure within the Historic District has been the compatibility of the proposed building or change with the immediate surrounding neighborhood. The Village attorney has advised the Commission that using this criteria is indefensible in court should an applicant appeal a negative decision. For example, if someone wants to build a 6,000-square-foot house in a neighborhood with predominately 2,500-square-foot houses, the Commission would have to grant the request because within the large historic district, there is another house of this size even though it may be miles away. As a result, the only way the Historic Preservation Commission can preserve and ensure the integrity, compatibility, and special character of neighborhoods is to split the current large Historic District into a number of small districts with similar characteristics.
In 2017, the Village contracted with New South Associates (New South) to re-examine the Pinehurst Local Historic District Overlay boundary adopted by the Village Council on September 26, 2006. As a result of this re-examination, New South recommends that the existing local historic district overlay boundary be amended into three smaller districts: Old Village Center, Village West, and the School District. These recommended districts are associated with their own historical contexts and physical development and acknowledge the “special character” of different areas within the Village. According to this proposed plan, all properties located within our current historic district would be included in one of the three, smaller proposed districts.
New South's report and supporting documents can be found below:
- Historic District Presentation 3-20-18
- Historic District Consultants Report 2018
- SHPO Response- Old Village Center Local Historic District
- SHPO Response- School District Local Historic District
- SHPO Response- Village West District Local Historic District
- 3 Districts Map
- Old Village Center - Map
- School District - Map
- Village West District - Map