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V.2.1.3 Preservation Ethic


Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits of historic preservation. Create relationships, policies, training opportunities and incentives that support the district’s historic preservation goals.


As with any community effort, having a support system in place for historic preservation goals will ensure success! Without the support of community involvement, knowledge, local policies, strong partnerships and funding the complexity of historic preservation can be overwhelming.


First, consider who your partners might be and do some outreach. Local property owners and community members, cultural organizations, municipal leaders and land use offices, the nearby Historical Society and State of Connecticut DECD and SHPO offices are all good partners. Seek out training opportunities for those interested in preservation efforts. Work with state, town and other organizations to create local plans and policies that support these efforts. Does the community have an Adaptive Reuse regulation or a Tax Increment Financing plan that supports restoration and reuse of historic properties? Learn about what grant funds are available for priority projects and consider ways to secure annual funding.

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