Abolish the Belmont historic preservation commission
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Above are the powers and responsibilities of an historic preservation commission listed on the City of Belmont website and taken directly from the N. C. General Statutes. The Belmont historic preservation commission is a major threat to the rights and market values of those who own property in the historic district. The commission members are not elected and four the the seven members do not even own property in the area they will regulate. Once a final map is approved by city council, the commission is granted broad powers by N. C. General Statute (http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/160a.htm to regulate how a property is maintained, what additions and alterations can me made, etc. They can also recommend properties to city council to be designated as landmarks which the council can do without permission of the property owner. Landmark designation can further interfere with property rights and market value.
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