Plano boasts an extraordinary richness of cultural resources that represent the span of the city’s history and pre-history. Over the past decade, the community has taken substantial steps to protect and preserve its historical, architectural, and cultural heritage. The City’s first Heritage Preservation Plan was adopted in 1981 and established an inventory of historic structures, recommending 33 individual properties for designation as local landmarks. Since that time, the city has experienced significant investment in restoration/rehabilitation of its heritage resources, the city’s two heritage districts – Haggard Park and Downtown, continue to evolve with a mix of new infill development, and the city adopted heritage tax exemption and preservation grant programs for the promotion of heritage preservation in the city.
The City now seeks to further refine its preservation program by updating the 2011 Heritage Preservation Plan to help coordinate preservation efforts and place this work into a broader framework of community and economic development objectives. The Heritage Preservation Plan will guide the city’s preservation efforts and provide for their integration into the broad range of plans, programs, and activities that shape the community over time. The Plan is not a regulatory document, but a statement goals, policies, and actions the community should take to further its heritage preservation efforts and updated inventory of existing and potential heritage resources. Specifically, this update will:
- Outline the history of historic preservation in the City of Plano;
- Identify goals for the preservation of historic resources and suggestions for ways to achieve those goals;
- Consider economic incentives for the preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods;
- Explore the establishment of preservation education and technical assistance programs focusing on retaining and improving historic properties;
- Identify strategies to conserve Plano’s historic neighborhoods which reflect their organic development, historical roles and traditions, modern needs, and economic health and stability; and
- Identify goals and strategies to address sustainability and energy efficiency, and disaster and emergency preparedness
- Highlight the significance of Post-World War II and Mid Century Modern architecture and the role it will play for future heritage resource designations
- Update the Plano’s Major Historic Assets
The preservation plan update will be completed near the end of 2018 and is funded in part by a grant from the Texas Historical Commission.