The National Park Service has approved New York State’s 2015-2020 Historic Preservation Plan, which is a blueprint for identifying and guiding activities that further preservation efforts at the local, regional and state levels.
The plan provides information about programs and resources for municipalities and communities to support a variety of preservation and community development efforts.
The plan outlines a broad set of goals and objectives that include:
· Expanding preservation efforts across the state by strengthening the practice of preservation; enhancing collaboration to advance preservation; training New Yorkers in preservation trades, skills and crafts; and showcasing preservation contributions.
· Promoting preservation at the local and regional level by integrating preservation into local and regional decision making; and building support for preservation among officials and developers.
· Cultivating pride of place by expanding and diversifying participation in preservation; engaging New Yorkers in historic sites and museums; and capitalizing on heritage tourism opportunities.
The plan is available via pdf on State Parks’ website or by calling 518.268.2162.
New York’s Division for Historic Preservation, a division of State Parks, told the press that it developed the plan with input from government officials, planners and local citizens as well as preservation organizations, preservation consultants, museum professionals and historians.
The public participation process for the 2009–2014 NYS Historic Preservation Plan included eleven public meetings held across the state, four conference workshops, and individual interviews. Public participation for the 2015–2020 NYS Historic Preservation Plan included an online survey and interviews with selected individuals and staff.