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Appendix 1


Contents

Introduction

West Virginia’s Historic Resources

The Planning Process

West Virginia’s Partners in Preservation

Issues and Opportunities

Accomplishments

West Virginia Historic Preservation Goals and Objectives for 2002 - 2006

Bibliography

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Contact Information

Suggested Action Items to Achieve Goals and Objectives

The bulleted items under many of the following objectives are suggested action items that SHPO staff hope to carry out over the next five years to help achieve the goals put forth in this plan. The action items are ambitious and may need to be postponed or canceled pending funding or other unforseen circumstances. Again, we encourage other entities in West Virginia to use the goals, objectives and action items to guide their own historic preservation activities in helping to implement this plan.

1. GOAL: Educate West Virginians about the wealth and value of our state’s heritage, the resources that embody it, and the opportunities that historic preservation offers our communities

Objectives

1.1 Bring West Virginia’s heritage and historic resources to the forefront of the classroom
• Cooperate with PAWV in promoting and disseminating existing historic preservation curriculum to schools across the state
• Create two new lesson plans per year, one each to accompany Archaeology Month and Preservation Week materials sent to the schools
• Publish two issues of Details for Kids per year, one to coincide with Archaeology Month, the other with Preservation Week

1.2 Impart the importance and opportunities that preservation offers to the general public
• Promote the benefits of National Register status
• Conduct hands-on workshops on a variety of subjects, such as cemetery preservation, building repair and how to write a National Register nomination
• Create and disseminate brochures about the programs and opportunities available through SHPO
• expand Details mailing list

1.3 Educate West Virginia’s elected and appointed officials
• update SHPO newsletter mailing list to include local and regional officials
• invite officials to attend preservation related events or projects in progress in their region
• continue to participate in West Virginia History Day
• develop opportunities to educate local and county law enforcement officials about state laws pertaining to historic resources

1.4 Use a variety of media to foster a positive image about historic preservation
• expand existing SHPO website and update it regularly
• issue news releases to newspapers, radio and television stations around the state to inform the public about preservation initiatives and successes
• develop categories to recognize successful preservation efforts and present annual awards

2. GOAL: Promote historic preservation as an economic development tool, and create economic incentives to further preservation efforts

Objectives

2.1 Foster a preservation-friendly environment for development projects
• cooperate with Main Street in promoting historic preservation as an economic development tool
• hold meetings with developers and realtors to promote the ideals of historic preservation
• publish historic preservation success stories

2.2 Support and initiate efforts to establish and further historic preservation incentives such as tax abatements and easement programs
• work with the IRS, state tax department and local assessors to further understanding of state and federal tax code as it pertains to historic preservation
• meet with state tax department to develop consistent guidelines about tax credits and easements

2.3 Promote the use of existing incentive programs such as federal and state income tax credits and preservation easements
• meet with consultants who work on tax credit projects
• publish information about preservation easements
• distribute tax credit information

3. GOAL: Encourage and support efforts to identify, evaluate, study, and designate significant structural and archaeological resources

Objectives

3.1 Continue to work with the public in nominating properties to the National Register
• investigate ways to aid the public in processing black and white film

3.2 Continue survey efforts around the state
• identify areas of the state where further survey effort is needed
• work with Certified Local Governments to complete countywide survey efforts
• identify property types that are under-represented in SHPO survey files
• continue efforts to survey cemeteries around the state

3.3 Explore different ways to accomplish surveys in areas of the state where there is no Certified Local Government or Historic Landmark Commission support

3.4 Continue the development of historic context statements
• prioritize themes to explore
• find funding and/or partners to develop and publish them
• identify context statement themes that staff can develop
• evaluate and revise as necessary the usefulness of established procedures for updating context statements as well as geographic regions identified in the 1996 state plan

3.5 Explore the creation of a State Archaeologist position

3.6 Explore ways to create and maintain a State Register of Historic Places

3.7 Explore ways to increase archaeological survey efforts around the state

4. GOAL: Identify, increase and provide financial resources to assist preservation efforts

Objectives

4.1 Continue to provide money for survey and planning and development grants to support historic preservation activities across the state
• Work with the legislature to maintain/increase current levels of state funding
• Explore alternative sources of match for federal survey and planning grants
• Explore ideas and ways to improve the development grant cycle to better meet the needs of constituents

4.2 Continue to provide technical assistance to the public about historic preservation grant programs
• provide information and assistance to the public about how to complete the application process
• provide training to grant recipients to aid them in the completion of the grant cycle and help in the understanding of management requirements

4.3 Cooperate with state agencies and support their efforts to protect historic resources in their ownership
• support legislative efforts of other agencies to protect historic resources
• cooperate with other agencies in their efforts to increase maintenance budgets for historic resources
• provide technical assistance

4.4 Identify, expand and diversify alternate historic preservation funding sources, and publicize their availability

5. GOAL: Support and strengthen preservation activities of federal and state agencies, local govern- ments and community organizations, and encourage the inclusion of historic preservation in planning efforts

Objectives

5.1 Foster and support Certified Local Governments so that they become active, viable organizations
• help cultivate cooperation between Historic Landmark Commissions and their local governments
• facilitate cooperative efforts among Historic Landmark Commissions and Certified Local Governments around the state
• provide mechanisms to facilitate communication among Certified Local Governments and with the state office

5.2 Continue to carry out Section 106 responsibilities and maintain good relationships with agencies and cultural resource management professionals
• create and distribute handouts that streamline the Section 106 process
• make Section 106 information available on the SHPO website

5.3 Increase community involvement in historic preservation efforts
• work cooperatively with West Virginia Development Office Main Street program in training and other efforts to conduct preservation- related activities
• cooperate with Community Design Team and other community-based activities

5.4 Expand and strengthen the network of preservation partners
• create new partnerships with groups such as the Vandalia Heritage Foundation, West Virginia Planning Association and West Virginia Land Trust
• strengthen partnerships with state agencies such as Division of Natural Resources, Departments of Tourism and Agriculture, and Division of Highways
• continue to maintain strong ties with the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, NCHA and others
• foster the development of relationships with convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and other community groups

5.5 Encourage the inclusion of historic preservation in planning efforts of federal, state and local agencies
• cooperate with attempts to revise State Planning Code and state building code to provide protective mechanisms for historic properties, i.e. historic zoning, demolition permits
• assist in educating West Virginians about the benefits of zoning and planning ordinances
• continue to cooperate with the State Fire Marshal in the implementation of code enforcement

6. GOAL: Encourage protection through appropriate management and treatment of historic resources

Objectives

6.1 Assist federal, state and local agencies in becoming responsible stewards of those resources in their care or those that are affected by their activities
• Ensure that agencies have functioning cultural resource management plans for historic properties

6.2 Promote the use of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties, particularly among property owners and those in the building industries

6.3 Promote imaginative solutions to help protect abandoned or underused historic resources
• identify new uses for vacant and underused resources
• assist realtors in locating buyers who will protect historic resources

6.4 Continue to provide development grant money for the rehabilitation of historic properties to ensure that efforts meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and other appropriate guidelines

6.5 Continue building solid working relationships with organizations such as the Archaeological Conservancy to help protect historic resources

6.6 Promote individual responsibility for the protection of statewide archaeological resources
• publish and distribute literature promoting the preservation of archaeological resources
• cooperate with groups such as the West Virginia Archaeological Society and the Council for West Virginia Archeology to identify and protect endangered resources