Heritage Preservation

Potential Historic Assets Survey

In preparation of the 2018 Heritage Preservation Plan Update, the City of Plano is conducting citywide surveys of structures built pre-1960 and city blocks/subdivisions constructed between 1960-1969. The surveys are intended to identify, research, and review properties/structures that may qualify for inclusion into the city's list of potential heritage resources. The surveys are done strictly from public right-of-way (sidewalks, streets) and will be used strictly for heritage related activities. Surveys are to be conducted in two phases:

Phase 1 - Residential and Non-residential Structures (Pre-1960) COMPLETE!

The first phase of the surveys included approximately 320 structures built pre-1960 across the city. Letters were mailed to all property owners within the first phase in July 2016. Phase 1 surveys were completed in 2017.

Phase 2 - Religious/Industrial Structures (Pre-1960) & City Blocks/Subdivisions (1960-1969)

The second phase of surveys will include approximately 20 religious/industrial structure built pre-1960 and city blocks/subdivisions constructed between 1960-1969. Phase 2 surveys will be conducted by HHM & Associates, a consulting firm contracted by the City of Plano to assist with the survey related work for the 2018 Heritage Preservation Plan Update project. Postcards were mailed in January 2018 to all property owners that will be surveyed as part of Phase 2.

I received a letter/postcard from the City about the project. What does this mean?

On July 11, 2016, letters were mailed to property owners of residential and non-residential structures built prior to 1960 which were surveyed as part of Phase 1. These letters indicated that a Heritage Commission member of Planning Department staff surveyed your property as part of Phase 1 of the of the Potential Historic Assets Survey. Phase 1 was completed in 2017.

In January 2018, postcards were mailed to property owners of religious/industrial structures built prior to 1960 and city blocks/subdivisions established between 1960-1969. These postcards indicate that HHM & Associates will be conducting an exterior survey of the structures located on your property to complete Phase 2 of the Potential Historic Assets Survey project. Surveys will be conducted between February - March 2018.

NOTE: Property owners of religious/industrial structures built pre-1960 were mailed both the July 2016 letter and January 2018 postcard. These structures were originally intended for inclusion in Phase 1, but were deferred to Phase 2.

What is the purpose of the survey? How is it conducted?

The survey is intended to document architectural characteristics of the structure and significant site/landscape features. Only exterior features visible form the street or sidewalk will be included as part of the survey. This does not include the interior of the building or any portion of the building's exterior which cannot be viewed from the street or sidewalk. Photos will be taken of the structures/properties as part of the survey. Your presence during the survey is not required and entry onto private property is not permitted. All Phase 2 surveys will be conducted by HHM & Associates.

What happens after the survey is completed?

Following the completion of Phase 2, HHM & Associates will evaluate, identify, and recommend a prioritized list of surveyed properties/structures to be considered for possible inclusion on the Potential Heritage Resources list. This list will then be included in the Heritage Preservation Plan update.

Staff will contact the property owners which are recommended to be listed on the Potential Heritage Resources list to provide more information about the city's heritage preservation program and its benefits. Inclusion on the list of Potential Heritage Resources is informational only and does not subject the listed property to any architectural review by the Heritage Commission. Property owner's consent will be required to move forward with a heritage resource designation.