The National Trust for Historic Preservation has honored the City of Charleston with a national award for the city’s new preservation plan. Historic Charleston Foundation Executive Director Kitty Robinson says they are privileged to received the award.
“The Preservation Plan replaces the plan that was put in place in 1974. It’s a comprehensive planning document looking to the future for growth, and development, and sustainability in the City of Charleston,” says Robinson.
In a yearlong process, there were 11 focus groups, a standing Citizen Advisory Group, and 33 workshops and meetings that had about 1,500 public comments. These factors, along with the City Council’s approval gave Charleston the plan for its future. Robinson says it took some hard work to receive the award.
“It’s recognition of very fine preservation work. It puts Charleston in its well deserved place of having innovative preservation projects and thinking ahead on how to best preserve the historic structures, cultural, and architecture in the city,” says Robinson.
Now that Charleston has this national recognition for its plan, Robinson explains what’s next: “The plan has been adopted by the City Council, and this is a document that planners, preservationists, builders, contractors will use in building new infield construction in Charleston and in helping protect neighborhoods, not just in the historic district of Charleston, but the surrounding suburbs that are also now becoming historic.”
The plan looks at the city’s characteristics, including neighborhoods, disaster management, and the need for affordable housing.