Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
Charlotte, N. C.
Revised 1982, 1992, 2002
I. GENERAL RULES
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission shall be governed
by the terms of Part 3B of Chapter 6-160A of the General Statutes of North
Carolina and by Joint Resolution of the County of Mecklenburg (June 4, 1973)
and the City of Charlotte (June 18, 1973). All members of the Commission
shall thoroughly familiarize themselves with these statutes and this
resolution. In addition, the meetings of the Commission shall be governed by
Robertís Rules of Order as revised and amended.
II. OFFICERS AND DUTIES
The following officers shall be elected by majority vote of the
Commission from among its members. (The masculine pronoun is used for
simplicity but shall mean the masculine or feminine pronoun, whichever is
applicable.) Their terms of office shall be for one year or until their
successors are elected, and these officers shall be eligible for
A. Chairman. The Chairman shall preside over meetings of the
Commission and shall decide all points of order and procedure, unless
directed otherwise by a majority of the Commission in session at the time.
He shall see that an agenda is prepared and that accurate minutes are kept
and circulated. He shall appoint all Committee Chairmen and serve as an ex
officio member of each of them. He shall act as liaison between the
Commission and the Director. He shall see that effective presentations are
made to the County Commission and City Council and other appropriate bodies
of local government and that the policies of the Commission are carried out.
He shall in general have all powers and perform all duties incident to the
office of Chairman and such other powers and duties as may be prescribed
from time to time by the Commission.
B. Vice Chairman. The Vice Chairman shall serve as acting Chairman
in the absence of the Chairman and at such times shall have the powers and
duties as the Chairman. In addition, he shall perform such other duties and
have such other powers as may be prescribed by the Chairman or the
C. Secretary. The Secretary shall gather information from other
groups dedicated to historic preservation and shall be responsible for
reporting such information to the Commission.
D. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall review budgets and requests for
funds associated with the Commission. The Consulting Director supervises the
preparation of the annual budget of the Commission and makes recommendations
concerning the projected expenditures of funds. The Commission votes on the
III. STAFF AND DUTIES
A. Consulting Director. The Director shall be the principal
administrative officer of the Commission. He shall conduct all Commission
business under the direction of the Commission. He shall see that the
policies and directives of the Commission are carried out. He shall provide
continuing planning and organizational support for the Commission. He shall
attend the meetings of the Commission and the various committees of the
Commission and other civic and governmental organizations so that there will
be a coordinated program of historic preservation for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
He shall supervise the preparation of ordinances and engage such additional
staff support as may be required and authorized. He shall prepare the budget
of the Commission for Commission vote. He shall examine all plans for
properties with which the Commission is concerned and be informed about
restorations that the Commission may undertake. He supervises preparations
of Survey and Research Reports, oversees the Commissionís written and
photographic files and data of historic and architectural value, and
co-operates with state, federal and local governments in pursuance of the
purposes of the Commission.
B. Recording Consultant. The Recording Consultant serves as the
principal recording officer and custodian of records. He shall keep a
register and roll of members and notify all members of meetings. He shall
keep minutes of meetings and circulate them, along with notices of meetings
and agendas. He shall keep attendance data and report such to appropriate
authorities. He shall assist the Commission as directed.
C. Additional Commission Consultants. Additional consultants for
the Commission are secured in accordance with Commission needs and
There shall be such committees as the Commission requires. Committee
Chairmen and members are appointed by the Commission Chairman.
A. Survey Committee. The Survey Committee shall be responsible for
identifying buildings, structures, sites, areas, and objects in
Charlotte-Mecklenburg for possible designation as historic landmarks and
shall see that they are brought to the attention of the Commission in an
orderly fashion for consideration as projects of the Commission.
B. Design Review. The Design Review Committee meets on a regular
basis to consider Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for
locally designated historic landmarks. Recommendations are presented to the
Commission for final vote.
C. Projects Committee. The Projects Committee evaluates historic
properties that have potential for Commission purchase and sale under the
Commissionís Revolving Fund. The Commission must approve recommendations.
D. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee of the Commission
is composed of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and
Projects Committee Chairman. The Executive Committee acts as the Personnel
Committee and has the power to make decisions as directed by the Commission.
E. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee recommends a
slate of officers for the Commission in April or May and supervises the
election of officers in June of each year.
F. Finance Committee. The Finance Committee assists the Chairman
and Consulting Director on budget requests and allocations as needed.
G. Other Committees/Chairmen. The Commission Chairman is
authorized to establish additional committees and/or chairmen as needed.
A. Regular Meetings. Regular meetings of the Commission shall be
held on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Commission
office, or at such other place as shall be specified by the Commission
Chairman in advance of the meeting. The Commission does not hold meetings in
July of each year.
B. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Commission may be
called at any time by the Chairman. At least 24 hours notice of the time and
place of special meeting shall be given by the Secretary or Chairman to each
member of the Commission.
C. Quorum. A majority of the voting members of the Commission
shall constitute a quorum. Attendance requirements are in accordance with
City and County rulings.
D. Conduct of Meeting. Meetings are open to the public. The order
of business at regular meetings is published in advance of each meeting.
E. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting, where Commission officers
are elected for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, is
held in June of each year.
F. Elections. Robertís Rules of Order are followed regarding
Commission rules/By-Laws may be amended at any time by a majority of the
members of the Commission.