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Historic Preservation Planning for Local Communities

A Typical Planning Process


There are a variety of approaches for developing plans, or ways of “doing planning.”

There is no "right" way to do planning; no single approach will be appropriate in all situations. You should become familiar with the way planning is done in your community, and learn how preservation planning can integrate with that process most effectively.

The planning process does not happen in a linear fashion, although this is how it is described in the sequence of steps below.

In practice, planning takes the form of a series of “feedback loops,” that move back and forth among the various steps. Information generated in one step feeds into the deliberations in another step and, in turn, refines conclusions in yet another step.

The following information describes a very general, but typical planning process. You should tailor this process to your own planning situation.

For additional information about any step, click on the link for that step, below. More detailed information about the planning process can be found in the PLANNING COMPANION elsewhere on this site (click on the menu item on the left).

Typical Steps in the Planning Process

Step 1. How Do We Do Planning? Planning for Planning

Step 2. What Future Do We Want for Our Heritage? Creating a Vision

Step 3. What Do We Know About Our Community's Historic and Cultural Resources?

Step 4. What Other Factors Should We Consider?

Step 5. What Issues, Threats, and Opportunities Need to be Addressed?

Step 6. How Will We Achieve Our Vision? Developing Goals and Objectives

Step 7. How Will We Put Our Plan to Work? Identifying Implementation Strategies and Tools

Step 8. What Will Our Plan Look Like? Producing the Plan

Step 9. What Actions Will We Take to Implement Our Plan?

Step 10. How Will We Revise Our Plan?

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