Salem Historic Preservation Plan by Timeline

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Historic preservation is important for economic, environmental, cultural and educational reasons.

You can review the City's goals and actions items by implementation schedule below. You can also view the action items by goal or download a PDF of the plan.

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Develop a FAQ sheet/Brochure and online resource regarding the designation process and benefits/responsibilities of owning a historic property in Salem
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Have a single City HLC website landing page where all information and resources for historic property owners is located.
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Develop interpretive signage (i.e vinyl utility box wraps and sign toppers) for each historic district and Heritage Neighborhood
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Support development of citywide Cultural Heritage Strategic Master Plan in partnership with Travel Salem and local heritage non-profits
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Develop a “Welcome” Packet to provide to new historic property owners with brochures and information about owning a historic property.
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Digitally share NPS Technical Briefs for homeowners regarding appropriate historic preservation methods and treatment; Develop online video series (‘How To’) for historic homeowners
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Establish policies and procedures for adversely impacting a known archaeological site in Salem
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Establish policy for charging double fees for historic design review of enforcement cases
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Develop easy to understand Brochure/FAQ with a flowchart describing the historic design review process and general overview of the historic code; Develop online FAQ and online consultation form where historic property owners can request information about the review process and the program
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Improve and clarify design review criteria for accessibility (ie. Aging in place)
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Improve and clarify design review criteria for accessory dwelling units and infill housing development (ie. In coordination with HB2001/2003 and Salem’s Middle Housing)
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Improve and clarify design review criteria for adaptive reuse
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Clarify criteria for work that is exempt from historic design review (i.e ordinary maintenance and repair and work approvable through building permit review)
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Develop criteria, process and lower fee for “over-the-counter” (Class one) administrative historic design reviews
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Review historic code and identify areas for cleanup - streamlining
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Clarify and improve criteria in SRC 230.100 Preservation of Archaeological Resources including development of policies and procedures for ground disturbing activity within Salem’s Historic and Cultural Resource Protection Zone.
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Allow consolidation of design review applications (i.e one fee for multiple projects on a single property)
Goal 3: Increase financial support
Limit any increase in historic design review fees for residential historic property owners (ie. Limit goal of cost recovery for staff time)
Goal 3: Increase financial support
Offer a streamline process where value of project is under $1,000 and the fee a small amount (ie. $25.00)
Goal 3: Increase financial support
Collaborate with Parks (Salem’s Public Works Department) and the Salem Parks Advisory Board (SPRAB) on the development of Cultural Resource Management Plans for the identification and preservation of historic, character defining natural features and landscapes.
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Coordinate with Parks (Salem’s Public Works Department) to review/revise any applicable design review code and criteria related to the alteration of significant landscapes and the removal/replacement of significant trees within historic districts and on individually listed historic properties.
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Collaborate with Parks (Salem’s Public Works Department) to develop a clear FAQ and educational brochure about the review process for removal of trees in Salem’s historic districts and individually listed historic properties
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Adopt Historic and Cultural Resource Protection Zone Map and associated administrative policies and procedures
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Support development of MOU with Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs similar to MOU with Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Develop and improve historic design review criteria addressing key ‘hot topics’ defined by the community including: energy efficiency, solar and light pollution
Goal 5: Encourage sustainability
Develop historic design review criteria requiring submittal of a deconstruction plan be submitted as part of any demolition application
Goal 5: Encourage sustainability
Coordinate with the Oregon Historic Preservation Office and Tribes and other intersted stakeholders to survey and develop Cultural Resource Management Plans for areas in Salem with a high concrentration of archeological sites and/or significant cultural landscapes
Goal 6: Survey and designate historic resources
Utilize an online interactive map to ask the public to identify areas to survey and/or designate in preparation for Historic Preservation Plan update in 2030
Goal 6: Survey and designate historic resources
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Develop a FAQ sheet/Brochure and online resource regarding the designation process and benefits/responsibilities of owning a historic property in Salem
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Digitally share NPS Technical Briefs for homeowners regarding appropriate historic preservation methods and treatment; Develop online video series (‘How To’) for historic homeowners
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Establish policies and procedures for adversely impacting a known archaeological site in Salem
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Develop easy to understand Brochure/FAQ with a flowchart describing the historic design review process and general overview of the historic code; Develop online FAQ and online consultation form where historic property owners can request information about the review process and the program
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Improve and clarify design review criteria for accessibility (ie. Aging in place)
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Improve and clarify design review criteria for adaptive reuse
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Clarify criteria for work that is exempt from historic design review (i.e ordinary maintenance and repair and work approvable through building permit review)
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Develop criteria, process and lower fee for “over-the-counter” (Class one) administrative historic design reviews
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement
Allow consolidation of design review applications (i.e one fee for multiple projects on a single property)
Goal 3: Increase financial support
Collaborate with Parks (Salem’s Public Works Department) and the Salem Parks Advisory Board (SPRAB) on the development of Cultural Resource Management Plans for the identification and preservation of historic, character defining natural features and landscapes.
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Coordinate with Parks (Salem’s Public Works Department) to review/revise any applicable design review code and criteria related to the alteration of significant landscapes and the removal/replacement of significant trees within historic districts and on individually listed historic properties.
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Collaborate with Parks (Salem’s Public Works Department) to develop a clear FAQ and educational brochure about the review process for removal of trees in Salem’s historic districts and individually listed historic properties
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Adopt Historic and Cultural Resource Protection Zone Map and associated administrative policies and procedures
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
Develop and improve historic design review criteria addressing key ‘hot topics’ defined by the community including: energy efficiency, solar and light pollution
Goal 5: Encourage sustainability
Develop historic design review criteria requiring submittal of a deconstruction plan be submitted as part of any demolition application
Goal 5: Encourage sustainability
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Have a single City HLC website landing page where all information and resources for historic property owners is located.
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Develop interpretive signage (i.e vinyl utility box wraps and sign toppers) for each historic district and Heritage Neighborhood
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Develop a “Welcome” Packet to provide to new historic property owners with brochures and information about owning a historic property.
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education
Support development of MOU with Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs similar to MOU with Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Goal 4: Protect natural environment and archaeological resources
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Limit any increase in historic design review fees for residential historic property owners (ie. Limit goal of cost recovery for staff time)
Goal 3: Increase financial support2022
Support development of citywide Cultural Heritage Strategic Master Plan in partnership with Travel Salem and local heritage non-profits
Goal 1: Improve public outreach and community education2023
Improve and clarify design review criteria for accessory dwelling units and infill housing development (ie. In coordination with HB2001/2003 and Salem’s Middle Housing)
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement2023
Coordinate with the Oregon Historic Preservation Office and Tribes and other intersted stakeholders to survey and develop Cultural Resource Management Plans for areas in Salem with a high concrentration of archeological sites and/or significant cultural landscapes
Goal 6: Survey and designate historic resources2023-2025
Review historic code and identify areas for cleanup - streamlining
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement2025
Offer a streamline process where value of project is under $1,000 and the fee a small amount (ie. $25.00)
Goal 3: Increase financial support2025
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Establish policy for charging double fees for historic design review of enforcement cases
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement2026
Clarify and improve criteria in SRC 230.100 Preservation of Archaeological Resources including development of policies and procedures for ground disturbing activity within Salem’s Historic and Cultural Resource Protection Zone.
Goal 2: Streamline historic code, process, and enforcement2026
Utilize an online interactive map to ask the public to identify areas to survey and/or designate in preparation for Historic Preservation Plan update in 2030
Goal 6: Survey and designate historic resources2029

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