Plan seeks to preserve historic sites Public will be briefed at Westminster meeting

November 17, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

For the first time in memory, Carroll officials are considering a plan that would identify and preserve the county's historic and cultural sites, including working farmland and scenic vistas.

The Historic Preservation Plan will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday in the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., Westminster.

The 167-page preservation plan, developed by county planners over the past year, outlines measures that would protect Carroll's natural and cultural resources, minimize residential sprawl and save farmland.

Ken Short, the county's historic planner, said the preservation plan was recommended last year in the planning commission's proposed master plan for Carroll County.

"The master plan touched on the need for historic preservation, but it was felt that further detail was needed to address historic preservation issues," said Short, the plan's principal author.

The preservation plan outlines the following goals:

Develop county programs that will encourage historic preservation.

Preserve the county's historic assets by recognizing the interrelationship of Carroll's agricultural landscape, scenic roads and vistas, culture and historic archaeology.

Facilitate economic development by encouraging public and private investment in historic properties.

Promote historic preservation through public education.

To achieve these goals, the preservation plan suggests that county officials identify and evaluate the county's historic properties and archaeological resources and list those sites that are available to the public.

"We would also continue to nominate towns and individual farms for designation on the National Register of Historic Places," said Short. Doing so would "extend the benefits of that program" and encourage preservation, he said.

Designation on the National Register provides tax credits for restoration, but does not bar changes or demolition. During his seven-year tenure, Short has shepherded Union Bridge, New Windsor, Lineboro and McKinstrys Mill onto the National Register.

Pub Date: 11/17/98

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