Planning the future of our history: Concord community input needed for Preservation Plan

Planning the future of our history: Concord community input needed for Preservation Plan
(City of Concord)

CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - From the City of Concord: A Preservation Plan process is underway to examine the future of historic preservation in Concord. Since 1982, an appointed board has administered historic district regulations and otherwise promoted, enhanced, and preserved the character of Concord’s historic districts.

By the end of the process, the City hopes to define a vision and goals for the future of historic preservation in the City. Some focus areas include systems to protect historic resources, means and methods to encourage historic preservation, considering a new survey of historic resources, and exploring interest in possible district expansion. Full background and project objectives are available at concordnc.gov/preservationplan.

The plan will include a two-part process. First is a reconnaissance survey, where Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. will objectively examine Concord's neighborhoods for significance and integrity, considering existing and new resources for potential preservation strategies.

Second, City staff will engage the public to find out what people living in neighborhoods identify as significant historical resources. Finally, Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. will return to Concord and conduct a selective architectural survey from April 29 through May 3. A selective survey means representative examples will be documented and photographed, but not every house in every neighborhood.

The City needs citizen input and will receive feedback from April 25 through May 20. Citizens are strongly encouraged to visit concordnc.gov/preservationplan during this time frame to share perspectives on important preservation resources and appropriate strategies for their neighborhoods.

The Preservation Plan is an effort to align resources, tools, and strategies for historic preservation efforts by involving experts and community members. The process will combine objective analysis and community interest to plan future historic preservation projects.

The project is led by a steering committee of community members Ashley Sedlak-Propst (Historic Cabarrus), Lee Gray (Historic Preservation Commission), Jim Ramseur (Historic Preservation Commission), Steve Furr (Residents of Historic Concord), AJ Clark (Logan), Tara Bengle (Gibson Village), and Johnson Bray (Concord Downtown Development Corp.). Staff support is provided by Senior Planner Scott Sherrill.

Sherrill is available to attend neighborhood meetings and discuss the process. To schedule a meeting or find out more about Preservation Plan, contact Scott Sherrill at sherrills@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5136.

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