Salem Historic Preservation Plan

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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 goal below. You can also view the action items implementation timeline.

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Continue to celebrate Historic Preservation Month in May with awards and educational programming
Improve community engagement and acknowledgement of excellence in historic preservationCommunity not aware of excellent historic preservation projectsANNUAL
  
Work with Neighborhood Associations to establish and celebrate ‘Historic Neighborhood Day’
Improve community engagement and acknowledgement of excellence in historic preservationCommunity not aware of excellent historic preservation projectsANNUAL
  
Develop a FAQ sheet/Brochure and online resource regarding the designation process and benefits/responsibilities of owning a historic property in Salem
Educate the public about designationNeighborhood support can be difficult to get for designation2020
  
Review and update HLC newsletter format and distribution method including the annual mailing about historic property owner responsibilities; Use social media to regularly share information about the program and Salem’s local history
Improve website and social media presenceNot enough easily accessible information about the review process, Salem history, and the programANNUAL
  
Have a single City HLC website landing page where all information and resources for historic property owners is located.
Improve website and social media presenceNot enough easily accessible information about the review process, Salem history, and the program2021
  
Coordinate homeowner FORUM meetings, so owners can share experiences, information
Provide technical trainingNot enough easily accessible information about the review process, Salem history, and the programANNUAL
  
Organize history talks and walking tours featuring Salem’s history and historic resources in partnership with Travel Salem and local non-profits. Including school groups
Develop interpretation and coordinate educational programming about Salem’s diverse local historyNot enough information about local historyANNUAL
  
Develop interpretive signage (i.e vinyl utility box wraps and sign toppers) for each historic district and Heritage Neighborhood
Develop interpretation and coordinate educational programming about Salem’s diverse local historyNot enough information about local history2021
  
Develop interpretation and educational programming about Salem’s traditionally underrepresented history and cultural landscapes
Develop interpretation and coordinate educational programming about Salem’s diverse local historyNot enough information about local historyANNUAL
  
Support development of citywide Cultural Heritage Strategic Master Plan in partnership with Travel Salem and local heritage non-profits
Develop interpretation and coordinate educational programming about Salem’s diverse local historyNot enough information about local history2023
  
Educate neighborhoods within the Salem Heritage Neighborhood Program, which allows historic preservation staff to work with Neighborhood Associations directly to develop educational products related to their neighborhood history and teach them about the survey and designation process.
Educate the public about designationNot enough information about the designation process/benefits/responsibilitiesANNUAL
  
Sponsor a regular workshop in collaboration with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and other Certifeid Local Governments (CLGs) to educate Salem residents abou historic survey and designation in Oregon
Educate the public about designationNot enough information about the designation process/benefits/responsibilitiesANNUAL
  
Continue "This Place Matters" photo contest with awards
Improve community engagement and acknowledgement of excellence in historic preservationNot enough information about the designation process/benefits/responsibilitiesANNUAL
  
Provide annual workshop for historic property owners outlining responsibilities and opportunities of owning a historic property (coordinated with annual property owner mailing)
Provide training about the design review process and codeNot enough information about the designation process/benefits/responsibilitiesANNUAL
  
Provide monthly opportunity to have “Lunch with the Historic Preservation Officer” to ask questions about the design review process and the code
Provide training about the design review process and codeNot enough information about the designation process/benefits/responsibilitiesANNUAL
  
Develop a “Welcome” Packet to provide to new historic property owners with brochures and information about owning a historic property.
Provide training about the design review process and codePeople need assistance understanding the historic design review process and the code2021
  
Digitally share NPS Technical Briefs for homeowners regarding appropriate historic preservation methods and treatment; Develop online video series (‘How To’) for historic homeowners
Provide technical trainingPeople need technical preservation help2020
  
Collaborate with other organizations (SHPO, UofO, Restore Oregon, local community colleges) to sponsor regular annual workshops - seismic, lead, window/door replacements, radon.
Provide technical trainingPeople need technical preservation helpANNUAL
  
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Establish policies and procedures for adversely impacting a known archaeological site in Salem
Improve enforcement policyEnforcement is inconsistent2020
Coordinate regularly with Neighborhood Associations (ie. CANDO, NEN and SCAN) to review and update existing historic enforcement policy and implementation
Improve enforcement policyEnforcement is inconsistentANNUAL
Establish policy for charging double fees for historic design review of enforcement cases
Improve enforcement policyEnforcement is inconsistent2026
Monthly HLC meeting, public hearings and roundtable
Improve criteria and streamline design review processHLC is responsible for reviewing alterations to designated historic resources and applying criteria established in SRC 230; in certain cases sometimes this process is complexANNUAL
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
Provide training about the design review process and codePeople need assistance understanding the historic design review process and the code2020
Improve and clarify design review criteria for accessibility (ie. Aging in place)
Improve and clarify criteria to address key issues identified as priorities in the overall Comprehensive PlanRelationship between use and historic unclear; Need to align Historic Design Review with Comprehensive Plan priorities such as Climate Change and Affordable Housing2020
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)
Improve and clarify criteria to address key issues identified as priorities in the overall Comprehensive PlanRelationship between use and historic unclear; Need to align Historic Design Review with Comprehensive Plan priorities such as Climate Change and Affordable Housing2023
Improve and clarify design review criteria for adaptive reuse
Improve criteria and streamline design review processRelationship between use and historic unclear; Need to align Historic Design Review with Comprehensive Plan priorities such as Climate Change and Affordable Housing2020
Clarify criteria for work that is exempt from historic design review (i.e ordinary maintenance and repair and work approvable through building permit review)
Improve criteria and streamline design review processTime for design review is long and expensive for some simple projects2020
Develop criteria, process and lower fee for “over-the-counter” (Class one) administrative historic design reviews
Improve criteria and streamline design review processTime for design review is long and expensive for some simple projects2020
Review historic code and identify areas for cleanup - streamlining
Improve criteria and streamline design review processTime for design review is long and expensive for some simple projects2025
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.
Improve criteria and streamline design review processTime for design review is long and expensive for some simple projects2026
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Allow consolidation of design review applications (i.e one fee for multiple projects on a single property)
Establish Historic Design Review Fee Program that supports historic property ownersDesign review fees too burdensome for residential historic property owners2020
Limit any increase in historic design review fees for residential historic property owners (ie. Limit goal of cost recovery for staff time)
Establish Historic Design Review Fee Program that supports historic property ownersDesign review fees too burdensome for residential historic property owners2022
Offer a streamline process where value of project is under $1,000 and the fee a small amount (ie. $25.00)
Establish Historic Design Review Fee Program that supports historic property ownersDesign review fees too burdensome for residential historic property owners2025
Develop and offer a program for homeowners to apply for a Residential Historic Design Review Fee Voucher (funded by double fees collected through enforcement)
Establish Historic Design Review Fee Program that supports historic property ownersPeople need financial support and assistance maintaining and restoring their historic structures which provide a public benefit to our communityANNUAL
Offer Annual Residential Toolbox Grant
Improve financial support for historic property ownersPeople need financial support and assistance maintaining and restoring their historic structures which provide a public benefit to our communityANNUAL
Identify sustainable City funding source in order to expand historic Residential Toolbox Grant Program (ie. Explore feasibility of permanent allocation from Council through TOT funding)
Improve financial support for historic property ownersPeople need financial support and assistance maintaining and restoring their historic structures which provide a public benefit to our communityANNUAL
Identify additional non-profit community sources in order to expand historic Residential Toolbox Grant Program.
Improve financial support for historic property ownersPeople need financial support and assistance maintaining and restoring their historic structures which provide a public benefit to our communityANNUAL
Identify additional private donor sources in order to expand historic Residential Toolbox Grant Program.
Improve financial support for historic property ownersPeople need financial support and assistance maintaining and restoring their historic structures which provide a public benefit to our communityANNUAL
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Celebrate Historic Landscape Architecture month annually in April
Encourage preservation of the natural environmentCommunity not aware of excellent examples of historic and cultural landscapes in SalemANNUAL
Develop and offer a “Beautification Award” acknowledging maintenance/restoration of a historic or cultural landscape
Encourage preservation of the natural environmentCommunity not aware of excellent examples of historic and cultural landscapes in SalemANNUAL
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.
Encourage preservation of the natural environmentNot enough coordination with Parks regarding identification and preservation of historic, character-defining, natural features and landscapes2020
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.
Encourage preservation of the natural environmentNot enough coordination with Parks regarding identification and preservation of historic, character-defining, natural features and landscapes2020
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
Encourage preservation of the natural environmentNot enough coordination with Parks regarding identification and preservation of historic, character-defining, natural features and landscapes2020
Identify opportunities to collaborate with Parks within Salem’s Public Works Department on educational programming to educate the public about Salem’s historic cultural landscapes
Encourage preservation of the natural environmentNot enough coordination with Parks regarding identification and preservation of historic, character-defining, natural features and landscapesANNUAL
Adopt Historic and Cultural Resource Protection Zone Map and associated administrative policies and procedures
Encourage preservation of historic and cultural archaeological resourcesProject managers, planners and property owners need help with archaeological compliance and coordination with SHPO and the Tribes regarding the preservation of historic and cultural archaeological resources while redeveloping their property2020
Support development of MOU with Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs similar to MOU with Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Encourage preservation of historic and cultural archaeological resourcesProject managers, planners and property owners need help with archaeological compliance and coordination with SHPO and the Tribes regarding the preservation of historic and cultural archaeological resources while redeveloping their property2021
Monthly historic and cultural resource compliance coordination meetings with the Tribes and SHPO
Encourage preservation of historic and cultural archaeological resourcesProperty owners need help with archaeological compliance and coordination with SHPO and the Tribes regarding the preservation of historic and cultural archaeological resourcesANNUAL
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Develop and improve historic design review criteria addressing key ‘hot topics’ defined by the community including: energy efficiency, solar and light pollution
Encourage sustainability in the restoration and redevelopment of historic structuresLack of support and education regarding sustainable practices that support the environment2020
Develop historic design review criteria requiring submittal of a deconstruction plan be submitted as part of any demolition application
Encourage sustainability in the restoration and redevelopment of historic structuresLack of support and education regarding sustainable practices that support the environment2020
Establish and offer Historic Preservation Green Fund Grant to offer grants for window restoration, energy efficiency omprovements and solar panel installation
Encourage sustainability in the restoration and redevelopment of historic structuresLack of support and education regarding sustainable practices that support the environmentANNUAL
Offer annual speakers series to educate the public about sustainable practices in historic preservation.. Collaborate with regional partners (ie. National Trust Preservation Green Lab in Seattle, WA) on the development of educational programming
Encourage sustainability in the restoration and redevelopment of historic structuresLack of support and education regarding sustainable practices that support the environmentANNUAL
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Spotlight key surveyed resources or buildings featured within Salem Heritage Neighborhood Architectural Guide through HLC social media and newsletter
Work with neighborhoods to identify, survey and designate archaeological sites, historic structures, places and landscapes that are meaningfulNeighborhood support can be difficult to get for designationANNUAL
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
Work with neighborhoods to identify, survey and designate archaeological sites, historic structures, places and landscapes that are meaningfulNeighborhood support can be difficult to get for designation2023-2025
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
Work with neighborhoods to identify, survey and designate archaeological sites, historic structures, places and landscapes that are meaningfulNeighborhood support can be difficult to get for designation2029

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