Tryon approves historic preservation ordinance

Published 1:27 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Town of Tryon now has a historic preservation ordinance and plans to advertise for a commission.
Tryon Town Council last week approved an ordinance regulating a historic preservation commission charged with establishing a uniform procedure for providing for the “protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of places, district, sites, buildings, structures, objects and landscape features having a special historical, cultural or aesthetic interest or value.”
Tryon decided to create an historic preservation ordinance and commission a few months ago.
Tryons historic preservation commission will consist of three members, all of which should be residents of the town or within its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) zoning area.
Members are required to have special interest, experience or education in history, architecture or the preservation of historic resources. If available, at least two of the members should be employed in the areas of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology or related professions.
According to the towns ordinance, duties of the historic preservation commission include to make studies related to historic preservation of the area, to develop and recommend policies, ordinances and administrative procedures for carrying out plans to historic preservation, to recommend to the town council specific districts, sites, buildings, structures or objects to be designated by ordinance as historic properties, landmarks or districts. The commission can also recommend to the town council the designation of any district site, building, structure or object as a historic property or as a historic district be revoked or removed and to determine whether specific proposed developments and/or project renovations conform to the principles and requirements of historic preservation as well as other duties.

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