Toolbox for Commissioners
Below are links to information of particular value to members of historic preservation commissions and committees. For more assistance, contact OHP's Local Government and Environmental Compliance Unit.
National Alliance of Preservation Commissioners
The mission of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is “To build strong local preservation programs through education, training, and advocacy.” Established in 1983, NAPC provides technical support and manages an information network to help local commissions accomplish their preservation objectives. The Alliance also serves as an advocate at federal, state, and local levels of government to promote policies and programs that support preservation commission efforts. NAPC maintains a resource library, publishes a journal,and maintains a listserv for NACP members. NAPC provides educational and training programs to the dedicated volunteers who serve on local historic preservation commissions and municipal staff.
When Historic Properties Are Threatened
NAPC Short Guide to Parliamentary Procedure
Design Guidelines Examples
Law and the Historic Preservation Commission: What Every Member Needs to Know
Law and Historic Preservation Commissions: What Every Member Needs to Know by James K. Reap and Melvin B. Hill, Jr. provides an introduction to basic legal issues and concepts that historic preservation board members may encounter during their service. The co-authors see the overall goal of the publication as an effort to “…demystify the law governing historic preservation and give commissioners the information they need to make sound and legally defensible decisions.”
Cultural Resources Partnership Notes
ISSUE PAPERS: CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
LOCAL PRESERVATION REFERENCE SHELF
Compiled by The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions
SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Stephen A. Morris
ZONING AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION Stephen A. Morris
Local Historic Districts
You can find answers to these and other questions about historic districts in the National Park Service publication: Working on the Past in Local Historic Districts
RECENT PAST RESOURCE GUIDE
Prepared by Jeanne Lambin of The National Trust
Guide to Developing Downtown Design Guidelines (PDF - 53 pgs)
"Drafting Effective Historic Preservation Ordinances: A Manual for California's Local Governments" (Technical Assistance Bulletin #14)
CDBG - PRESERVING AMERICA Historic Preservation and Heritage Tourism in Housing and Community Development, a guide to using CDBG funds for historic preservation and heritage tourism, is now available online.
Donovan D Rypkema, Principal of Place Economics: "Sustainability , Smart Growth, and Historic Preservation" Historic Districts Council Annual Conference in New York City, 10 March 2007.