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Established in 1961, the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) serves as the City Council's official historic preservation advisory body to identifypreserveprotect, and promote Raleigh's ​historic resources. It was the first commission of its type in North Carolina and is composed of twelve volunteer citizens appointed by the City Council that serve up to three consecutive two-year terms. 

Part of the City of Raleigh's Planning & Development Department, RHDC's major tasks include:

RHDC manages its work through five committees: an Executive Committee, Research Committee, Community Awareness Committee, Nominations Committee, and Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Committee. On December 18, 2011, RHDC officially celebrated its 50th anniversary and launched a year-long celebration of this important milestone. 

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