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In October 2014, the Board of State History, for the Utah Division of State History, will review five (5) nominations to the National Register. These nominations are:
The Board of State History meets on October 17, 2014. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site. Please note: agenda for October 2014 may be delayed due to the production of the sixty-second annual Utah State History conference.
Utah’s historic properties are frequently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Recent nominations to the National Register that are currently under review include:
To see historic properties in Utah that were recently approved for the National Register, click here.
To search all historic properties in Utah, click here.
The Utah Heritage Foundation recently released its report entitled, “Profits through preservation: The economic impact of historic preservation in Utah.” The study, conducted by PlaceEconomics of Washington, D.C., aimed to determine the impact of historic preservation on Utah’s total economy. You can read all about it in the Full Report Summary or a check out the highlights.
The grants, which consist of federal and state funds, require a 50/50 match of local funds or donated services.
Only Certified Local Governments—cities and counties that have been “certified” as eligible by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and National Park Service—can receive these grants. Utah currently has 92 CLGs.
A CLG may have only one active grant at a time.
Applications are due by the second Friday in February each year. Grant recipients will receive notification by the end of March. The 16-month grant cycle runs from April 1 to August 31 of the following year. Recipients should complete their projects by August 31.
Examples of eligible projects include:
Grant amounts are limited to a maximum $10,000. However most grants are in the $3,000 to $6,000 range; it all depends upon the local government’s ability to match the grant. If the proposed activities are eligible, it is almost certain they will receive funding.
Local governments must match the grant amount on a 50/50 basis with local funds, donations, and services. They must also maintain adequate financial and administrative records. This is usually done by volunteer members of the local historic preservation commission, though some local governments assign a paid employee to assist with the grant management.
Preservation Agreements are required by the National Park Service for all projects using federal funds, including CLG grants. A Preservation Agreement obligates the owner of an historic property which is improved with a CLG grant to maintain the property for a period of five years so as to preserve the historical significance and integrity of the features, materials, appearance, workmanship, and environment which made the property eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Preservation Agreement must be signed by the owner of the historic property.
Grant recipients will be reimbursed upon receipt of evidence that they have met agreed-upon program goals (or some part thereof) and have spent local match funds and/or donated services.
Grant Reimbursement Guidelines What you need to know to comply with grant requirements
CLG Grant Mid-Year Report PDF Word This progress report is to be filled out and submitted along with any reimbursement request to date. Please fill out the form and return it to our office by September 30.
EZ Grant Reimbursement Request Form PDF Word All of the Time & Expense sheets should be summarized on this form. This form, along with the individual Time & Expense sheets, invoices/receipts, and proof of payment must be submitted together for grant reimbursement. It also doubles as the CLG Final Project Report. This is your opportunity to explain any discrepancies between what was planned and what was achieved.
Alena Franco, 801-245-7233, firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Roper, 801-245-7251, email@example.com
Over the past 35 years the State Historic Preservation Office has worked with dozens of communities throughout Utah as they have struggled to preserve their historic buildings.
Some communities we have worked with have aspired to preserve not only individual buildings but also entire neighborhoods of historic homes.
Historic district designation is a natural step toward the preservation of older neighborhoods because the overwhelming majority of homes are often “historic” (over 50 years old). This doesn’t necessarily mean that important people lived there or that significant events occurred in all of these older homes. Collectively, however, these homes often represent both important architectural trends as well as the overall development of the city.
National standards for what constitutes a historic district are usually applied when evaluating and creating a historic district. The State Historic Preservation Office is available to help guide cities through this process.
First, it establishes an identity for the neighborhood that, in turn, generates a sense of distinction and pride among its residents. This can be a powerful force for good (evidence the Capitol Hill and Avenues neighborhoods in Salt Lake City and the Eccles Avenue Historic District in Ogden). What more could a city hope for than to have its residents take pride in where they live and to work together to promote their community?
Second, historic districts provide a significant financial incentive for property owners to upgrade and restore their homes.
The State of Utah has expressed its commitment to the cause of historic residential neighborhoods by providing an income tax credit to those who restore homes in historic districts. Homeowners can save 20 percent of their restoration costs–including upgrading plumbing and electrical systems, re-roofing, painting, and virtually anything related to improving the structural and cosmetic qualities of historic homes.
This program is administered through our office, the State Historic Preservation Office, which is committed to helping average homeowners participate in the revitalization of older homes.
Communites have found that downzoning can be the single most important step they can take toward stabilizing and revitalizing a neighborhood. It removes the incentive to demolish historic homes to make way for multi-family dwellings or businesses. If that incentive is not erased, then the “playing field” will always be tilted in favor of those who simply want to make money in the neighborhood versus those who want to live in it and enjoy its qualities as a residential district. Downzoning often benefits residents
Downzoning gives homeowners confidence that the positive qualities of their neighborhood will not be diminished by incompatible developments. If a majority of the property owners want the neighborhood downzoned, and if the majority of properties are still being used for the “downzoned” purpose, then it only makes sense for a city to respect the desire of that majority, those who actually live in the neighborhood.
Usually, a survey of current uses is a first step toward downzoning. Sometimes, however, the overwhelming support for downzoning by residents is enough to convince a city that downzoning is the thing to do. That was the case with three older neighborhoods in Bountiful, where approximately 70 percent of the residents supported the change in the late 1990s.
Development-minded property owners may resist downzoning because they feel it limits their ability to maximize profit from their land.
But downzoning does not deny property owners the right to profit from their land. Like zoning of all kinds, it simply places some boundaries on the extent to which property can be developed.
The desires of a few individuals who hope to maximize their profits should not come at the expense of the majority of residents. The values of the community should be respected.
It is important to remember that the current zones were often created decades ago when these older neighborhoods were in decline. These areas were viewed as marginal neighborhoods that were no longer favored residential districts. That is no longer the case. Older neighborhoods are now valued for their historic architecture, mature landscaping, proximity to community services and transportation, and even their affordability. Many families are drawn to these neighborhoods. They care about the future of these neighborhoods. They are usually the ones who promote downzoning.
A number of Utah’s older cities could benefit from both downzoning neighborhoods and historic district designation. Though many Utah cities have changed too much to allow for historic district designation in their older neighborhoods, many still have a chance to preserve important facets of their history as well as to revitalize neighborhoods that have been under-valued and under-appreciated for years.
Twenty-five years ago no one would have imagined that the high-crime, rental-riddled Avenues neighborhood in Salt Lake City would become one of the most desirable residential districts in the city. Its transformation has been due to both downzoning and historic district designation.
Smaller cities can experience these same improvements. The entire community benefits when residents care for the future of their neighborhoods and when the city supports those residents through appropriate civic actions, such as downzoning and historic district designation.
Roger Roper, 801-245-7251
State Historic Preservation Office
Utah State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
In 2008, the Farmington city council, planning commission, city staff and preservation commission worked together to craft a new and effective preservation ordinance that met everyone’s expectations and needs.
What created this unity? Alysa Revell has for years worked in behalf of preservation in Farmington. Here she shares some ideas for helping change attitudes:
Local historic preservation activities are usually more successful when they follow this sequence:
This approach is both thorough and effective. Unforeseen circumstances may require deviation from this sequence on occasion, but that should occur only rarely.
Public education activities should be a part of each phase. Education make a big difference in the success of a specific project and in creating greater awareness and support for the overall preservation program.
Public education ideas:
Public education ideas:
Public education ideas: