The Southern Pines Historic District Commission held their Janauary, 2013, meeting in the Community Room at the Southern Pines Police Department on Pennsylvania Avenue beginning at 4:00 P.M. The meeting was conducted by the Hills Studios consultants, and the purpose was to give the Commission and those attending an overview of the agenda and content of the public hearing to be held at 6:30 P.M. today.
The scope of the work and the targeted reach of the Commission appears to be constrained to the defined Historic District of downtown Southern Pines. Whatever you may hear in the words and rhetoric of the meeting, the Town Manager, Mr. Parsons, has assurred me that the authority of the Commission is not being expanded through this effort. The HDC will remain (1) an advisory board to the Southern Pines Town Council, (2) with a limited authority only over the currently defined historic district of Southern Pines, (3) with limited authority to award a certificate allowing a participating property owner to obtain the tax benefits by complying with HDC guidelines. No new authorities or scope is being granted to the HDC through this project or through the new Unified Development Ordinance.
The purpose of the public hearing later today is to gather input from business owners and residents within the currently defined historic district.
The agenda and tax info for the meeting may be found at: westknollwoodprecinct.com/uploads/7/8/5/8/7858119/20130110_sp_hdc_docs.pdf