By Alice Guerrant
I learn so much every time we go through the planning process. I meet interesting, concerned citizens who are passionate about saving places that are important to them. And even though preservation is a fairly small world in Delaware, it is very good to get together with your colleagues and find out what they’ve been doing. Communicating our frustrations, needs, and successes helps us figure out where we need to go from here.
The statewide historic preservation plan is a requirement of our federal Historic Preservation Fund grant, and every state and territory does one every so often. If you want to look at some other states’ plans, the National Park Service has a page with links to all of them.
But even though we lead the effort and write the plan, it is not for the government alone. We want a thoughtful, useful plan that can benefit preservation advocates across Delaware. It is a framework for decision-making, coordinating preservation groups and activities, and for communicating with the many groups who affect and are affected by historic preservation.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
We begin by summarizing what we know about Delaware’s historic places and preservation
• List successes, failures, and accomplishments since 2008
… Numbers and kinds of historic properties
… Delaware’s changing demographics and land use patterns
… Agencies and projects affecting historic properties
… Survey and public workshop responses
We then take those findings and develop goals and strategies for the next five years.
• Goals are based on the major trends we’ve heard from the survey and workshops
• Strategies are based on what’s workable within this planning period
Then, we actually write the plan.
• We get comments on draft from preservationists, planners, members of the Delaware State Review Board for Historic Preservation, and others
We submit a final draft to the National Park Service for approval.
• If necessary, we revise and resubmit the plan based on NPS comments in order to be approved by the December 31st deadline.
Once approved, the plan is published.
• Plan is adopted officially as Delaware’s statewide historic preservation plan by the State Review Board for Historic Preservation
• A digital version is posted on HCA’s web site
• Hard copies are printed for distribution
• Work with partners to implement the strategies
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
Take our ON-LINE SURVEY and add your opinion right now!
Attend one of our PUBLIC MEETINGS.
E-mail us about your concerns, needs, and observations: firstname.lastname@example.org
By this time next year, Delaware will have a new historic preservation plan.
What do you want to see in it?