North Carolina cities and towns are increasingly discovering that historic preservation is an effective means of improving quality of life by stabilizing property values and stimulating new investment in older residential neighborhoods and commercial areas. Through relatively low public expenditures, cities and towns have seen a boost to their tax base as preservation efforts stimulate tourism and commercial activity. The improved physical appearance of areas affected by historic preservation is a useful tool in the recruitment of new industry.
In accordance with State law, cities are given authority to preserve historic character and assets of their communities through the work of local Historic Preservation. City Council established the Lexington Historic Preservation Commission in 2005 in order to "safeguard the heritage of the city by preserving any district or landmark herein that embodies important elements of its culture, history, architectural history or prehistory" and "promote the use and conservation of such district or landmark for the education, pleasure and enrichment of the residents of the City and the State as a whole." In 2015, City Council merged representation into the Planning Board for comprehensive review.
Historic Preservation Representatives on the Planning Board
Representatives with historic preservation backgrounds serve on the Planning Board and must have demonstrated special interest, experience and/or education in history, architecture, archaeology or related fields.