Texas Statewide Preservation Plan

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) will initiate the statewide preservation planning process this fall. Check back for dates and locations for the in-person and virtual public forums that will be held throughout 2021 and 2022. These forums will allow Texans to discuss preservation efforts across the state. For now, let's learn a bit more about the planning process.

The National Historic Preservation Act requires State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) to develop statewide preservation plans, typically every 10 years. The THC serves as Texas' SHPO, and therefore, hosts the planning process and invites stakeholders across the state to participate. This plan is an opportunity for Texans to consider new ways to preserve, protect, and leverage our historic and cultural fabric for the betterment of our communities statewide.

Texas' most recent  Statewide Preservation Plan was published in 2011, with an update in 2016. Web links to these documents are provided below. We've dissected the process and resulting goals on this website. Explore the plan and remember that this plan is for preservationists across the state. 

  • Use the vision and goals of this plan as a framework for your own local preservation planning and customize strategies for your community or organization.
  • Read the THC's Implementation Plan (PDF) for more details on how to accomplish plan goals.
  • Consider projects from local preservation groups that align with plan goals. 
  • Revisit this webpage periodically to learn how to participate in the 2021-22 planning process. 

More About the Statewide Preservation Plan

Download Previous Statewide Preservation Plans