Heritage Preservation Ordinance Update

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Review Draft #1 and Provide Us Comments!

On February 28, 2017, the first draft of the Heritage Preservation Ordinance was presented to the Heritage Commission. The City has used the Model Historical Preservation Ordinance, provided by the Texas Historical Commission, to guide changes in the current ordinance. If you have any comments or suggestions on the Heritage Preservation Ordinance draft, please send them to Doug McDonald at dougm@plano.gov by March 17, 2017. 

Project Overview

The City of Plano is embarking on a process to update the Heritage Preservation Ordinance. The first ordinance of the heritage preservation program was adopted by City Council on December 10, 1979. This ordinance founded the city's heritage program; establishing the creation of a Landmark Preservation Committee and providing for the designation of historic landmarks, certificate of appropriateness review, and demolition or removal review of historic landmarks. 

A last major update to the Preservation Ordinance was conducted in 2007. On December 21, 2015, Winter and Company provided the city with an evaluation of the existing ordinance. In summary, while the ordinance contains many components that are considered best practices in preservation across the county, in some cases, language is not as clear as it could be.  See the Evaluation Memo for more suggested amendments by the preservation consultant. 

As a Certified Local Government with the Texas Historical Commission, the enactment and enforcement of the city's preservation ordinance is a requirement for certification.   

Advisory Committee

A 12-member advisory committee made up of key downtown and preservation stakeholders has been established to provide technical support for the project.