Planning & Historic Preservation: How Can Planners and Preservationists Work Together?
Planning & Historic Preservation• How can planners and preservationists worktogether?• What can local planners do to advance theinterests of preservation?
Quick ReviewLocal Preservation Organizations• Local Historic District Commission – responsible forregulatory review of historic districts created under MGLChapter 40C• Historical Commission – responsible for preservationadvocacy and planning• Historical Society – private, non-profit organization
Preservation Opportunities Throughthe Master Plan Process• Highlight historic & cultural resources• Educational tool to begin dialogue on preservationissues and opportunities• Coordinate efforts to preserve community characterthrough preservation of historic resources• Initiate efforts to adopt regulatory tools for preservation
Incorporating Historic PreservationObjectives in Local Master PlansFacilitiesOpen SpaceEconomicDevelopmentTransportationHousing
Highlight Issues Affecting HistoricResources & Community Character•Incompatible newconstruction•Mill preservation•Loss of historicfarmland andoutbuildings•Preservation ofrural character•Protection ofscenic roads &stone walls
Historic & Cultural PreservationPlans• Foster appreciation of historic & cultural resources• Begin dialogue with other town boards, committees– Planning Board– Community Preservation Committee– Conservation Commission– Cemetery Commission– Building Department– Municipal Facilities– Town Clerk• Share resources & build awareness of activities• Identify opportunities to collaborate on preservationefforts
What Can Planners Do?• Attend a historical commission meeting• Institute an annual or bi-annual meeting of municipal boardsand committees to discuss planning & preservation concernsand opportunities• Engage in public education efforts with local officials andgeneral community to foster appreciation of historic & culturalresources• Encourage community to consider a historic preservationplan and assist with implementation efforts• Identify opportunities for zoning regulations to assistpreservation efforts