Pennsylvania’s Historic Preservation Plan Gets an Update

June 2011Newsletters In the Zone

Every five years, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP) is required to develop a comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan that encourages the consideration of historic preservation concerns within broader land planning environments at the federal, state and local levels. The plan is designed to take into account issues affecting the broad spectrum of historic and cultural resources within the state based upon broad-based public and professional input.

Beginning summer 2010, the BHP implemented a Community Preservation Values Survey, the results of which will help form the basis of a new statewide preservation plan. The current phase of the planning process involves a series of regional public forums in which BHP staff and partners present the results of the survey to the public and moderate a discussion to identify how to best preserve those values through the Commonwealth’s programs related to historic preservation.
The primary goal of the planning process is for the public to inform the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office of what they value in their community. This plan will help the state identify, prioritize and address historic preservation needs over the course of the next five years.

The current 2006-2011 Preservation Plan identified three general goals : (1) recognize, sustain and support historic resources as viable components of local community environments; (2) secure stable public policy and public funding support at all levels for the preservation of historic and cultural resources; and (3) identify and celebrate preservation accomplishments. Each general goal contained a series of objectives and action steps.

Upcoming local regional forums on the 2012-2017 Plan include:

June 8, 2011, 1 to 4 p.m. - Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106

June 9, 2011, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave, Ambler, PA 19002

Registration information can be accessed online.

For more information, please contact Robert W. Gundlach, Jr. at 215.918.3636 or [email protected].

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