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Historic Preservation Planning
for Local Communities

All historic preservation is local, as the saying goes. A local historic preservation plan is one of the strongest tools available for preserving our valued heritage properties. Such a plan is even stronger when it is closely linked into the local land-use decision-making process.

Official recognition through the planning process that historic preservation is public policy ensures that decision-making about the community’s future growth and development will accommodate its heritage.

This web site provides a brief introduction to historic preservation planning for local communities who wish to establish a long-term protection strategy for valued heritage. Please select topics from the menu to the left.

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