Historic Preservation Planning

Preservation planning documents can take many different forms including a statewide plan, local preservation plan, resource specific planning, reuse study, disaster preparedness, and historic structures reports.

Statewide Historic Preservation Plan

Saving our Past, Alaska's historic preservation plan for 2011-2017, is intended to guide preservation activities in the state. Six goals were established in the plan that included: increase public awareness, form and strengthen partnerships, strengthen efforts to study and protect cultural resources, consider cultural resources in the development process, provide incentives to encourage preservation, and appropriately treat historic resources.

2017 Revision

Although Saving our Past will take us through 2017, it is never too early to start assessing what has been accomplished and identify new opportunities, challenges, and a vision for the future of historic preservation in Alaska. One of the most important aspects of developing a preservation plan is gathering public input - learn more about the process!

Planning Meeting
Exploring planning priorities at the OHA Annual Workshop


Local Government Historic Preservation Plans

To make effective use of historic resources and to understand their value, it is necessary to integrate historic preservation into community planning. A number of Alaska’s local governments have historic preservation plans. Preservation plans can help local governments, neighborhoods, and site managers develop appropriate planning tools and are most effective when they are a component of a community’s master plan and are coordinated with other policies for housing, economic development, transportation, etc. Find out more information on local government historic preservation plans here

Historic Resource Survey

Conducting historic resource surveys is integral to historic preservation planning. Survey data can be used to construct a preservation plan that helps the community identify the historic, cultural, aesthetic, and visual relationships that unify and define its neighborhoods, and to establish policies, procedures, and strategies for maintaining, protecting, and enhancing their resources. This can lead to an increased understanding and awareness of historic resources by officials and citizens within the community and an increase commitment to preserving them.

Other Preservation Planning Resources

The Office of History and Archaeology has conducted preservation planning, and participates in plan implementation, at various historical parks such as Fort Abercrombie, Fort Rousseau Causeway, Old Sitka and Castle Hill and archaeologically significant areas throughout Alaska. Additionally, OHA coordinates with other state and federal agencies to ensure historic properties are adequately considered in emergency response situation such as oil spills. Find out more information on other preservation planning resources and activities in Alaska here.