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Statewide Plan

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Bryan Van Sweden, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Bryan Van Sweden, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

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  • Statewide historic preservation planning is one of the responsibilities required of the Commonwealth under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Pennsylvania History Code. This effort is overseen by the National Park Service (NPS), which reviews and approves all state preservation plans. Pennsylvania’s Statewide Historic Preservation Plan (2012‐2017) lays out a five-year framework for action and collaboration. The overarching goal is to build stronger communities by using cultural and historic resources in ways that add value to citizens’ lives today and in the future. The link between historic and natural resources is recognized and supported by this Plan. The ACTION AGENDA presented in the Plan was developed with the direct intent of being highly responsive to public needs and desires. Although this Plan was prepared mainly by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Bureau for Historic Preservation,which serves as the State Historic Preservation Office, it was developed with extensive public input and diverse expertise. The 2012-2017 PA Historic Preservation Plan was created by and for all Pennsylvanians and requires assistance and participation from all Pennsylvanians for this Plan to be a success. The widespread public and State agency participation that went into developing this Plan’s ACTION AGENDA issues a new challenge to BHP and our partners. That challenge is to promote a Statewide policy framework that encourages more robust preservation planning at the state and local level and reinforces the connection between historic, natural, and recreational resources throughout the Commonwealth.
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    • 1. Out of the Past,Into the Future:PHMC’s Long-RangePlanning Initiatives Statewide Conference on Heritage TRB ADC50 Committee July 2012 Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 2. Introductions Who we are  Bryan Van Sweden Community Preservation Coordinator, PHMC BHP  Andrea MacDonald Manager, Division of Preservation Services, PHMC BHP  Harriet Parcells Senior Transportation Planner, Lancaster County Planning Commission  Kip Van Blarcom Senior Countywide Planner, Lancaster County Planning CommissionBureau for Historic Preservation
    • 3. Session Overview Statewide Preservation Plan PHMC Long Range Transportation Planning Initiative: How we got here Lancaster County What’s next for the LRTP Planning Initiative?Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 4. How does all of this fit together? Greenways and Trails FHWA Historic PreservationStatewide Plans Transportation PHMC LandscapeLinking Planning Conservation and NEPA DCNR PennDOT County Comprehensive Plans National Park Service Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 5. Statewide Planning Process 1. Community Preservation Values Survey: Apr–Oct 2010 2. Public Forums: Spring/Summer 2011 8 Regional Public Forums 5 partner workshops 3. HP Board and State Agency input 4. Analyzed public input: Fall 2011 5. Drafted plan and submitted it to NPS 6. Solicited public comment 7. Present the final PlanBureau for Historic Preservation
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    • 10. Building Better Communities:The Preservation of Place in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Plan, 2012-2017VISION: Pennsylvanians will appreciate the significant contribution that history makes in forming the character of their communities and landscapes. Communities will take action to respect their history and identify and protect their assets in ways that add value to local environments and sustain their unique authenticity of place. By working together, Pennsylvanians will maintain and enhance their cultural and natural resources and make the Commonwealth a desirable place to call home, conduct business, and explore. Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 11. Building Better Communities:The Preservation of Place in PennsylvaniaGOAL 1: INCREASE PRESERVATION PLANNING AT THE LOCALLEVEL …by helping communities to recognize, prioritize, andcapitalize on the benefits of preservation. IDENTIFY: Identify and document locally important resources and issues. PLAN: Encourage planning practices that protect and enhance local community character. PROGRAM: Better enable municipal governments to implement effective historic preservation programs. EDUCATE: Publicize the benefits and responsibilities of preservation. Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 12. Building Better Communities:The Preservation of Place in PennsylvaniaGOAL 2: EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN STATE AND FEDERALPARTNERSHIPS . . . to grow PA’s economy by connectingpreservation with economic development and natural resourceconservation. IDENTIFY: Identify opportunities for collaboration with State and federal agency programs to achieve common goals and objectives. PLAN: Improve cooperation among state and federal agency planning efforts related to conservation and preservation so that public policy and budgets are effectively used. PROGRAM: Identify programs and funding by State and federal agencies to prioritize and capitalize on the benefits of historic resource preservation. EDUCATE: Promote inter-agency responsibility to implement this Plan. Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 13. Common Goals  History and nature  PHMC and DCNR  Heritage Areas  Conservation Landscape Initiatives and Greenways • The Wilds • South Mountain • Susquehanna Greenway  Trail Towns, River Towns, and Gateway CommunitiesBureau for Historic Preservation
    • 14. Building Better Communities:The Preservation of Place in PennsylvaniaGOAL 3: BOLSTER THE EFFORTS OF PRESERVATIONADVOCATES AND PARTNERS . . . to advance local, regional, andStatewide preservation. IDENTIFY: Identify preservation advocates and partners. PLAN: Harness the collective power of preservation advocates and partners to work toward common preservation goals. PROGRAM: Provide effective tools that preservation partners and advocates can use to foster responsible stewardship of historic and cultural resources. EDUCATE: Improve communication and collaboration for increased effectiveness of preservation advocacy. Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 15. Building Better Communities:The Preservation of Place in PennsylvaniaGOAL 4: IDENTIFY, RECRUIT, AND ENGAGE NEW AUDIENCES. . . to raise awareness and promote broad support forpreservation of the Commonwealth’s heritage as a part of thestatewide strategy for growth and vitality. IDENTIFY: Identify new audiences and methods of reaching them. PLAN: Develop methods to effectively recruit and communicate with existing and new preservation advocates. PROGRAM: Develop and implement preservation strategies that resonate with a 21st century audience. EDUCATE: Instill a preservation ethic in Pennsylvania’s youth and train a workforce supportive of historic preservation. Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 16. Building Better Communities:The Preservation of Place in PennsylvaniaGOAL 5: ADMINISTER AN EFFECTIVE AND PROACTIVESTATEWIDE HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM . . . thataddresses preservation issues confronting Pennsylvania’scommunities. IDENTIFY: Recognize strengths and weaknesses of BHP programs. PLAN: Improve efficiency of internal processes and programs to increase proactive BHP operations. PROGRAM: Align programs and organizational structure to maximize implementation of this Statewide Historic Preservation Plan and the other obligations of the BHP. EDUCATE: Support internal and external training and educational opportunities. Bureau for Historic Preservation
    • 17. Linking Planning and NEPA land development Land Use proposal System road Transportation improvement System proposal Water Resources wetlands identification System Other Natural, Cultural Resource habitat or Systems historic places to preserve Integrated Approach opportunities to support multiple community goals and improve quality of lifeGraphic Source: Schaftlein, Shari, Jan. 2008 TRB presentation (www.environment.fhwa.dot.gov). Bureau for Historic Preservation

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