The City of Salem is updating its
2010-2020 Historic Preservation Plan. Historic buildings, sites and objects are reminders of a community's past and components of "cultural identity." Familiar, beautiful landmarks provide an emotional anchor and a sense of orientation to what is around them.
In addition to protecting this beauty, historic preservation is important for four other reasons: economic, environmental, cultural and education. The existing Historic Plan's five goals reflect those reasons:
- Code improvements
- Public education
- Incentives (economic and recognition)
- Heritage tourism
Salem has successfully completed a majority of tasks from the existing plan and has hired a qualified preservation consultant,
Painter Preservation, to help the Historic Landmarks Commission with an assessment of the work completed to-date.
The consultant will also help create a needs assessment and updated goals and tasks for the next ten years. The work is grant-funded by
Certified Local Government, which promotes local historic preservation, and supported by city staff. Contact us at 503-540-2347 or
How can I get involved?
You will have opportunities to participate throughout the project, including:
- Historic Landmarks Commission Stakeholder Advisory Committee
- Open houses
- Online surveys