With support from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, from 2017-2018, the CLUS and partners at Millersville University conducted an Inventory & Analysis of Historic Preservation Ordinances in Pennsylvania Municipalities. The results of this research will be presented to the state legislature, and inform decisions about providing support for historic preservation at the municipal level.
While these two laws are complementary and provide local governments with a range of tools to regulate historic resources, the language of the MPC is particularly broad and lacks specific details about the mechanism municipalities should employ to preserve historic resources. The language of the MPC has led municipalities to craft local ordinances with historic preservation provisions that can vary considerably in form and approach from community to community.
A comprehensive inventory of all municipalities is needed to fully understand the landscape of how historic preservation is being carried out at the local level in Pennsylvania. Our research team will identify the communities in Pennsylvania that have enacted historic preservation ordinances, catalog the specific methods being used by municipalities across the Commonwealth, and evaluate the extent to which the current provisions of the HDA and the MPC are providing local governments with the appropriate authority, tools, and assistance to preserve the Commonwealth’s historic resources.
Goal #1: Develop an inventory of municipalities
Goal #2: Document the types of regulatory activities
Goal #3: Develop a typology of ordinances
Goal #4: Conduct a spatial analysis of municipalities
Goal #5: Conduct critical case studies of municipalities
Goal #6: Develop policy recommendations