Kentucky Heritage Council
Public input sought for state's five-year historic preservation plan
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office has announced a series of meetings and an online survey to solicit public input in identifying goals and strategies for guiding Kentucky’s historic preservation efforts. The information will be used to compile the 2009-2014 Kentucky State Historic Preservation Plan, updated every five years as required by the National Park Service and provisions of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act.
The first public meeting will be in Frankfort on Wednesday, February 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. at Paul Sawyier Public Library. (A complete list of meetings planned around the state follows.) The brief online survey is posted at the Heritage Council Web site, www.heritage.ky.gov.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council maintains updated inventories of historic structures and archaeological sites, nominates sites to the National Register of Historic Places and works in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens in statewide preservation efforts. As in years past, the new plan will serve as a statement of public policy that guides statewide preservation initiatives including the work of the Heritage Council, addresses critical issues affecting historic and cultural resources and recommends solutions to minimize threats to resources and barriers to preservation planning.
"We want to encourage broad public participation because this plan is for all Kentuckians, and every person and every community has a stake in understanding and defining preservation goals locally as well as those that drive our agency," said Mark Dennen, Acting Heritage Council Director and State Historic Preservation Officer. "Kentucky is blessed to have abundant historic resources, and preserving this heritage for the future depends on how good a job we do now planning for their survival. This means everything from rehabilitating a downtown building to finding new uses for historic farm and industrial buildings – being creative in putting them to work for Kentucky’s economy."
Other public preservation planning meetings will be:
- Somerset – 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3 at the Southern & Eastern KY Tourism Development Agency (SEKTDA) Office, 2292 South U.S. 27
- Bowling Green – 6:30 to 8 p.m. (CST) Thursday, March 5 at the Historic Railpark Train Museum, 401 Kentucky Street
- Lexington – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the Lexington Public Library, 140 East Main Street
- Paducah – 6:30 to 8 p.m. (CST) Thursday, March 12 at Paducah City Hall, 300 South 5th Street
- Morehead – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Morehead Conference Center, 111 East 1st Street
- Louisville – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at the Frazier International History Museum, 829 West Main Street
- Covington – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Covington City Hall, 638 Madison Avenue
In addition to the public, others invited include local government officials, Kentucky Main Street / Renaissance on Main and downtown development managers, city and county planners, leaders in business and industry, education officials, historical and heritage organizations, legislators, neighborhood leaders and property owners.
To view a copy of the most recent state preservation plan, visit www.heritage.ky.gov/planresearch. More information is also available by calling Wendy Wheatcraft, Heritage Council Historic Preservation Coordinator, at (502) 564-7005, ext. 126, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov