New Texas Preservation Plan to Open for Public Comment

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is launching the Texas’ Statewide Preservation Plan process to address the changing culture of historic preservation in our great state. Over the next 15 months, the THC will host in-person and virtual public forums in which Texans can reflect on preservation accomplishments, share information about existing challenges and those on the horizon, and recommend steps to save the real places and real stories of Texas.  

The National Historic Preservation Act requires each State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to periodically develop a statewide historic preservation plan. The statewide planning process encourages broad public participation in discussions about the challenges related to preserving cultural and historical resources. The process is meant to empower local communities, organizations, and individuals to action. In Texas, the SHPO role is executed by the THC. 

The facilitation team for Texas’ Statewide Preservation Plan is led by The Lakota Group, a Chicago-based firm known for its robust public engagement approaches for planning projects in rural and urban communities across the nation, including San Antonio and Denton. Lakota is joined by Blanton & Associates, an environmental and historic preservation planning firm based in Texas that specializes in regulatory compliance and cultural resource management. The Craig Group of Lodi, California also assists the team by providing expertise for addressing disaster-related threats and implementing best practices in local government disaster mitigation planning.  

Visit the THC website for an overview of the planning process and implementation examples for statewide preservation projects over the last ten years. 

Visit the National Park Service website for more information on statewide preservation plans: nps.gov/preservation-planning/stateplan-requirements.html

 

09/02/21