Historic Preservation Commission
What does the Historic Preservation Commission do?Our Heritage. Our Future. The Waxhaw Historic Preservation Commission serves to protect, preserve and sustain its historic buildings, landmarks and unique character. The Commission will be an advocate for Waxhaw’s heritage by identifying historical structures, recommending historical designations, reviewing design changes and assisting with preservation planning. In addition, the Commission will promote the appreciation of historic preservation and serve as an educational resource to enable the community to reap the benefits of preservation for future generations. The Historic Preservation Commission:
- Designate local historic landmarks
- Restore and preserve historic properties including acquisition by legal means
- Conduct educational programs about historic properties
- Consider Certificates of Appropriateness (required for any change or repair to an exterior feature of a historic landmark)
- Reviews Façade Improvement Grant Applications and makes recommendations regarding such to the Board of Commissioners. The Town of Waxhaw recognizes that our historic downtown is one of our most precious assets. The façade improvement program was created to preserve our downtown’s unique historic character by providing 50% of the actual costs of exterior rehabilitation (including repainting & repair) with an approved façade improvement grant application.
- Prepare and update the Waxhaw Historic Landmark Guidelines that regulate maintenance and repair of local landmarks and serve as a guide for work done with Façade Improvement Grants
- Collect oral histories on interesting stories about historic Waxhaw and it’s people
The Waxhaw Historic Preservation Commission or “HPC” is a board made up of seven (7) people that live in the Waxhaw town limits. Appointments to the HPC are made by the Board of Commissioners to ensure the majority of members have demonstrated special interest, experience or education in history, architecture, archaeology or related fields. HPC members serve staggered terms of three (3) years and as is true with all volunteer boards & commissions, each member is limited to serving 2 consecutive terms on any one board or commission.
The regularly scheduled HPC meeting is held at 6:30 PM on the second Thursday of every month at The Meeting Place, 209 W. South Main Street in Downtown Waxhaw. The HPC also has field trips to different training offered at different locations in the state, and to historic museums and places.
View the Boards and Commissions Volunteer Information page and complete the online application. Applications will be automatically forwarded to the Clerk's office and presented to the Board of Commissioners for review. The Board of Commissioners appoints all members of the HPC.
Historic Preservation Commission Members
2018 Meeting Schedule - All Appointed Boards/Commissions
HPC Rules of Procedure
Code of Ethics
Board & Committee Rules
2017 Board & Commission Orientation Manual