Preservation Planning Services

The members of the Preservation Division staff are the Rochester area’s experts in all aspects of preservation planning.

We have specific expertise in:

  • Providing advice on preservation planning procedures
  • Educating citizens about the importance of the historic resources (buildings, landscapes and structures) in their communities
  • Identifying appropriate sources of funding for preservation projects
  • Assisting with the development of preservation tools such as ordinances, landmark designations, and design guidelines
  • Assisting with research and documentation of historic properties, and with preparation of local, state, and federal landmark and district nominations
  • Developing effective strategies for preservation advocacy
  • Training and assisting preservation boards and commissions
  • Offering educational opportunities, including our annual Preservation Conference and Preservation Board Training Workshop as well as other workshops and lectures
  • Providing advice on the process of selecting a contractor or other professional to work on an older building
  • Providing technical advice on repairing, restoring, or rehabilitating an older building
  • Promoting homeownership in the City of Rochester through our award-winning program, Rochester City Living (RCL). RochesterCityLiving.com provides information about city neighborhoods and houses for sale. The RCL program also offers the course “Marketing Historic Houses Successfully” twice a year as continuing education for Realtors as well as the weekly HomeWork Column in City Newspaper.
  • Providing news about preservation issues, practical advice on building maintenance, and updates on preservation trends and topics through our website; e-mail newsletter, Landmark Alerts; and our quarterly print magazine, Landmarks.
  • Coordinating the annual Preservation Awards program, which recognizes noteworthy achievements in preservation
  • Linking our local communities to sources of preservation information and resources at the state and federal level
  • Evaluating development proposals for their impact on historic resources
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