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Useful Information

The following resources are available to help you learn more about Smart Growth and how it can complement your community's historic preservation goals and objectives.

Historic Preservation and Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Through Historic Preservation (PDF, 1 MB)
The following article was published by the National Park Service, in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a booklet entitled Affordable Housing Through Historic Preservation. The booklet includes a series of case studies documenting how affordable housing was created by combining two significant tax credits programs, one for historic preservation and another for low-income housing. The Fox River Mills project was one of the largest example, not only in Wisconsin, but nationwide.

The Economics of Restoration

The Economic Power of Restoration (PDF, 107 KB)
The following paper was delivered by Donovan D. Rypkema, January 15, 2001, at the Restoration & Renovation Conference, Washington, DC. Mr. Rykema is a nationally known consultant on historic preservation economics.

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Historic Neighborhood Schools in the Age of Sprawl:
Why Johnny Can't Walk to School
This is the executive summary of a 52-page report that the National Trust for Historic Preservation released on November 16, 2000 during National Education Week. The report shows how "excessive acreage requirements, funding formulas, and planning code requirements are promoting the spread of mega-school sprawl on outlying, undeveloped land at the expense of small, walkable, community-centered schools in older neighborhoods." The Trust recommends eliminating arbitrary acreage standards, funding biases, and certain zoning exemptions that undermine the public's ability to maintain older and historic schools as centers of community life and learning. Copies of the press release, executive summary, and full report are available as pdf files on the Trust's Web site.

Local Case Studies

City of LaCrosse Comprehensive Plan

General Reading on Historic Preservation
and Smart Growth

Smart Growth: New Opportunities for Main Street (PDF, 100 KB)  
Doug Loescher
Reprint from: the Jan/Feb 2000 issue of Main Street News
(To obtain the free Adobe Acrobat  reader, you can find information in our help section.)

Why Historic Preservation is Smart Growth
Audubon Society
March, 2000
Donovan Rykema

Growing Smarter: Fighting Sprawl and Restoring
Community in America

San Joaquin Valley Town Hall Fresno, California
November 20, 1998
Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation

On Preservation Plans and Planning (PDF, 108 KB)
Robert E. Stipe, Professor Emeritus
School of Design, North Carolina State University
(To obtain the free Adobe Acrobat reader, you can find information in our help section.)

Technical Assistance for Historic Preservation Planning

Draft Principles of Preservation Planning
The Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service has been conducting a project to identify best practices in historic preservation planning that will provide guidance for future planning activities, as well as serve as a foundation for updating the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Preservation Planning. A draft project report, "Principles of Preservation Planning," is now available for review. Although this is in draft form it might still provide planners with a set of useful standards for preservation planning. 

 An entire issue of Cultural Resources Management, a magazine published by the National Park Service, provides the reader with several different perspectives on historic preservation planning, with a number of articles focusing on the local perspective. One article, about historic preservation planning in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, should be of particular use for the smaller community (under 30,000) that wants to establish or strengthen its preservation program. Others about Annapolis, Maryland where there is also a strong Smart Growth initiative, may be of interest as a comparison.

Tools for Protections of Historic Places

Partnership Notes - Cultural Resources
The National Park Service has published a number of excellent pamphlets about historic preservation planning. This site includes articles about Conservation Districts, Subdivision Regulations and Zoning, and how each of these planning tools can promote historic preservation.

Strategies for Protecting Archeological Sites on Private Lands
Strategies serves as a guide to the wide variety of tools available for protecting archeological sites on private lands. It contains information on strategies that are currently being used throughout the country, contact information, and other sources of useful information.

Case Studies from Other States
Here are two case studies from other states, Connecticut and Michigan, that show how local zoning can be used to protect and preserve archaeological sites.

Rural Heritage Program
Part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Rural Heritage Program is dedicated to the recognition and protection of rural historic and cultural resources. Through educational programs, publications and technical assistance, the Rural Heritage Program supports the efforts of rural communities across the country to both preserve and live with their heritage. The Rural Heritage Program works with communities on topics as diverse as farmland preservation, scenic byways, heritage areas and parks, historic roads, and sprawl.


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