Historic Preservation Plan Update

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DRAFT Historic Preservation Plan Ready for Review and Comment

The draft Historic Preservation Plan is now ready for review and comment. After reviewing the plan, you have several ways to offer your input:                   

  1. Visit Engage Wake Forest and share your comments in our Guestbook at the bottom of the page

  2. Sign-up to comment at the Planning Board Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.

  3. Attend and provide comment at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting on Wednesday Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

  4. Email your comments to the Senior Planner - Historic Preservation Michelle Michael.



The Town of Wake Forest has a long and significant history within Wake County, North Carolina. The existing built environment is representative of that history. There is one local historic district, three National Register Historic Districts, eleven Local Historic Landmarks, twelve individually listed National Register properties, five individual North Carolina study-list properties, one North Carolina study list historic district boundary expansion and one North Carolina study listed historic district.  

The Town of Wake Forest has been awarded a Historic Preservation Fund grant to complete the Historic Preservation Plan Update from the National Park Service and administered through the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History. All products must be submitted to and approved by the HPO. 

Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to provide the Town of Wake Forest with a community-wide Historic Preservation Plan. The Town of Wake Forest has had a Historic Preservation Ordinance and Historic Preservation Commission since 1979 and supports historic preservation through its adopted comprehensive and downtown master plans, as well as a Historic Preservation Plan completed in 2012. This Historic Preservation Plan update will guide future program development and decision making. Community engagement will be key to the success of this project. The result will establish a community vision for historic preservation and provide supporting goals, policy and implementation strategies. The project area includes the Town of Wake Forest, Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), as well as current and planned Annexations.

Community Engagement for the Plan Update

Community engagement is the cornerstone of the Historic Preservation Plan Update Through stakeholder interviews, online community opinion survey, and Community Visioning Workshop, the consultants were able to identify the challenges and successes of the Historic Preservation Program and create a vision and recommendations for moving forward. 

Stakeholder Interviews

The consultants interviewed a variety of community members including historic property owners and managers, business owners, building professionals, and different ethnic groups.. These interviews provided the baseline of information paired with the existing conditions analysis to formulate the questions for the online community opinion survey.

Community Opinion Survey

An online Community Opinion Survey launched in mid-April 2022 and remained open for one month. The survey included eleven multiple choice questions, one open-ended question, and ten voluntary demographic questions. A copy of the survey questions can be found here

The survey received 402 responses. The responses combined with the stakeholder interviews and existing conditions analysis informed the current state of the Historic Preservation Program, areas for improvement, and potential challenges and opportunities. This information served as the basis of knowledge for the Community Visioning Workshop. 

Community Visioning Workshop

The Community Visioning Workshop was held on May 10, 2022 at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. The consultants led the group through several exercises to form a better understanding of status of historic preservation in the community. Thirty individuals attended the workshop and provided over 400 data points of information about historic preservation in Wake Forest. Attendees included historic property owners, Historic Preservation Commission members, Planning Board members, Elected Officials, and Town staff. The information gathered at the workshop will confirmed the data gathered through the stakeholder interviews and survey and provided a sound framework to formulate the plan. An online questionnaire was made available for citizens who wanted to participate but unable to attend the Visioning Workshop. 

A second workshop was held with the Historic Preservation Commission at their regular meeting on May 11, 2022. The consultants worked with the group to form a vision for the plan, the HPC, and the Historic Preservation Program moving forward. 

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Historic Preservation Plan Update
Senior Planner - Historic Preservation