The goal of establishing local historic districts zoning is to preserve the historic buildings and other significant resources that define and reflect elements of the City’s history. The historic resources found in local historic districts embody the traditional qualities and characteristics of a city or town, creating an attractive environment which is conducive to residential, commercial, and industrial uses as well as tourism and promotes pleasure, education and welfare of the residents of the community. The Wilson Historic Preservation Commission is responsible for protecting the integrity of these designated historic properties and neighborhoods.
The HPC is comprised of nine members who are city residents appointed by the City Council to serve a three year term and are eligible for reappointment for two full terms. Yearly elections determine a Chair and Vice-Chair among members.
State law and local ordinances determine the Commission‘s composition and member qualifications; powers and responsibilities; procedure for designating landmarks and historic districts; and procedure for hearing applications for Certificates of Appropriateness.
The Historic Preservation Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm.
Historic Preservation Resources
Whenever a property owner proposes exterior work to a property located in Wilson’s local historic districts, it should consult the following resources:
- Historic Property Owners Handbook with Design Guidelines
- Certificate of Appropriateness Application
- Unified District Ordinance - Historic Preservation