Potential Heritage Resources

Since 1981, the City of Plano has identified potentially historic properties as part of the city's preservation plan.  In 2018, following a city-wide survey of properties and subdivisions built prior to 1970, the project team has updated the city's list of Potential Heritage Resources.  The purpose of this list is to identify properties in Plano which have historical, cultural, archaeological, or architectural importance, either as an individual property or as part of a larger district.  These properties are not officially designated historic, but have the potential to be with more research, renovation, or property owner interest.

  • Listing as a Potential Heritage Resource is informational only and does not subject any property on the list to additional regulations, demolition restrictions, or architectural/design review by the Heritage Commission.

  • Designation of an individual property requires an application by the property owner(s).

  • Designation of districts requires an application signed by at least 60% of the property owner(s) within the proposed district.

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Questions? Please contact the Planning Department at (972) 941-7151.


More Research Required

In addition to the list of Potential Heritage Resources, the project team has also prepared a list of properties which may be historic, but where more research is necessary before a determination can be made.  Additionally, some of these properties may be eligible for designation as conservation districts, however the city currently has no established criteria for this type of district.  The preservation plan recommendations conservation district criteria be established before any further evaluation of these properties.  

  • As with PHRs, this list is informational only and does not subject any property on the list to additional regulations, demolition restrictions, or design/architectural review by the Heritage Commission.

  • Designation of an individual property requires an application by the property owner(s).

  • Designation of districts requires an application signed by at least 60% of the property owner(s) within the proposed district.

Historic Districts vs. Conservation Districts

Historic District

A historic district is generally used for a group of buildings with historic, cultural, or architectural significance and where new construction, exterior alterations, the change or replacement of building materials, and demolition are typically subject to review by a historic commission.  In Plano, these districts are referred to as Heritage Resource Overlay Districts and are subject to review by the Heritage Commission.  

Conservation District

A conservation district is a zoning tool used to protect character of an area. The focus is on regulating the form (such as size, height, and setbacks) of new construction and large additions to preserve the general feel of the district, but where the modification of architectural features, building materials, and demolition are not generally regulated.  Preservation Plano 150 has identified four possible conservation districts, including Haggard Addition, Old Towne, Belle View Estates, and the Bowman J H Addition.

MORE RESEARCH REQUIRED:

Questions? Please contact the Planning Department at (972) 941-7151.