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Local Preservation Plan Examples
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.
Search on “preservation plan,” “historic preservation,” “cultural resources,” “comprehensive plan,” or similar key words.
- 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
Local Preservation Plans On-Line
Key [S] = stand-alone preservation plan
[C] = element in comprehensive plan
[D] = district or neighborhood plan
- City of Juneau [C] (see the end of Chapter 4)
- City of Mesa [S] (stand-alone plan made part of the city's General Plan by city council resolution)
- Pima County [D] (select "Cultural Resources" in the left-hand menu)
- City of Prescott [C] (historic preservation is mentioned throughout)
- City of Prescott [S]
- City of Scottsdale [C] (from menu on right, under Community/Lifestyle select Character and Design, and under Open Space select Preservation and Environmental Planning)
- City of Tucson [C]
- City of Aspen [C]
- Town of Castle Rock [S] (approved and adopted by town council)
- City of Fort Collins [C] (see throughout, but especially the Principles and Policies section)
- City of Fort Collins [S] Historic Resources Preservation Program Plan, 1994; adopted as an element of the comprehensive plan
- City of Glenwood Springs [C]
- City of Steamboat Springs [C]
- City of Fort Wayne [D] West Central Neighborhood
- City of Indianapolis [D] historic district plans
- Iowa City [S] (incorporated into the city’s comprehensive plan by city council resolution)
- City of Kalamazoo [C] (throughout, but see Chapter 5 Section B)
- City of Tulsa [C] (historic resources mentioned throughout)
- City of Fort Worth [C]
- City of Fort Worth [S]
- City of Nacogdoches [C]
- City of Palestine [S] (click on “Government” and then select Historic Preservation Plan under “Business Development”)
- Albemarle County [C]
- City of Alexandria [C]
- City of Blacksburg [C] (scroll down; under “The Planned Environment,” select “Community Planning Chapter”)
- Fairfax County [C]
- James City County [C] (see the Community Character chapter)
- Loudoun County [S] (adopted by the county board of supervisors as an amendment to the county comprehensive plan)
- City of Lynchburg [C]
- City of Williamsburg [C] (see Chapter 6, Community Character)
- City of Bothell [C]
- City of Lynnwood [C]
- City of Olympia [C] Also of interest, see The Historic Preservation Action and Assessment Plan, an assessment of and a plan of action for the city’s historic preservation program, on-line.
- City of Redmond [C]
- City of Seattle [D] Parks and Recreation, Historic Resources Plan, 2004
- City of Vancouver [D] Hough Neighborhood