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Historic Preservation Planning for Local Communities

Local Preservation Plan Examples

Introduction

Insights and ideas can often be gained by looking at plans prepared by other communities.

Below are links to a few local community preservation plans, organized by state. There are three types of preservation plans represented:

  • stand-alone plans,
  • elements in comprehensive plans, and
  • district or neighborhood plans.

The selection of the plans listed was based more on ease of web site access (i.e., they were easy to find) than on any criteria related to plan quality, content, or appearance. There are a variety of plans listed; among this diversity you may find hints or insights for your own planning situation. All but a handful of the following communities are Certified Local Governments. For more information on the CLG program, visit its website.

Looking for More Plans?

If your state isn’t listed or you would like to search for more examples, visit the International City/County Management Association website, where you can access a wide range of local government web sites. Not all local governments have their comprehensive or preservation plans on-line, but many do.

The links on ICMA’s web site take you to the main local government web site, so finding the local preservation plan, if any, will take some searching.

  • First, look for city/town/county government departments and find the Planning Department or the Community Development Department, and look for the comprehensive or master plan, historic preservation plan, neighborhood plan, or historic district plan; or
  • Search on “preservation plan,” “historic preservation,” “cultural resources,” “comprehensive plan,” or similar key words.

Local Preservation Plans On-Line

Key      [S] = stand-alone preservation plan
            [C] = element in comprehensive plan
            [D] = district or neighborhood plan

 

Alaska

Arizona

  • City of Mesa [S] (stand-alone plan made part of the city's General Plan by city council resolution)

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  • Pima County [D] (select "Cultural Resources" in the left-hand menu)

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  • City of Prescott [C] (historic preservation is mentioned throughout)

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  • City of Prescott [S]

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  • City of Scottsdale [C] (from menu on right, under Community/Lifestyle select Character and Design, and under Open Space select Preservation and Environmental Planning)

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  • City of Tucson [C]

California

Colorado

Florida

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

  • Iowa City [S] (incorporated into the city’s comprehensive plan by city council resolution)

Kansas

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nevada

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

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