Planning For Your Community

Preservation planning for your community is an important first-step in the overall preservation process. Please read below for further explanations of the services we offer with regards to community preservation planning

Community Preservation Plans
The community, neighborhood, or district plan serves as a planning document. It can include a survey of an area's existing resources and their condition, traffic or parking studies, and recommendations on how to develop the area's potential through the use of heritage tourism and education.

Historic Resource Surveys
The goal of a historic resource survey is to identify important historic resources in a community using a certain set of criteria, evaluation methods and classification standards. The ultimate purpose of the survey is to catalog historic resources so that other avenues of preservation can be pursued if need be.

Historic resource surveys serve as a foundation for preservation planning. Surveys document a community's historic resources, taking note of each resource's age, condition, architectural style and much more. The Center for Historic Preservation understands that a successful community preservation plan needs to start at the most basic level, and strives to understand each individual community through its historic resources.

Design Guidelines
Historic preservation design guidelines help communities to retain as much historic fabric and character as possible by defining what individual owners may do their properties. They serve as an important resource to those involved in preservation efforts because they provide a guide for the appropriateness of alterations to historic resources. Design guidelines can assist a community in maintaining the historic continuity in a designated area.

National Register Nominations
The National Register of Historic Places is the federal government's official list of America's districts, sites, buildings and objects worthy of preservation. The National Register is an important tool in the identification and inventory of the nation's historic resources. There are currently more than 80,000 properties listed on the National Register.

While listing a property on the National Register does not impose any restrictions on what an owner may do to his or her property, listed status may provide owners with access to financial resources, such as tax credits, for a future restoration or rehabilitation project. The Center for Historic Preservation has completed several National Register nominations for Indiana historic districts and structures, ranging from nominations for historic downtowns and neighborhoods to individual bridges and buildings.