Location: Olathe, Kansas

This collaboration with Rosin Preservation created a Historic Preservation Plan for the City of Olathe and the Olathe Historic Preservation Board.

The plan articulates a vision for the future of Olathe that fits within the context of their rich heritage, historic resources and neighborhoods — developing a comprehensive set of goals, policies, and strategies to guide development and revitalization efforts which respect the city’s historic character and generate a unique sense of place.

The team began the process by gathering input from a wide variety of stakeholders through public meetings and online surveys to understand their vision and goals for Olathe with respect to its historic resources. The team then researched policies and strategies designed to achieve the goals set forth by the community, the Historic Preservation Board, and consultants, as well as links to valuable information regarding successful programs, events and incentives. With this insight, the team tailored a Historic Preservation Plan which includes historic context, recommended goals, and resource guide.

This plan details six concrete goals that focus on preservation of historic resources through a targeted approach to city planning, education, and promotion. These goals integrate preservation into city processes and philosophies so that impacts to historic resources are automatically considered during revitalization and economic development activities.

The work was funded in part by a Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of the Interior through the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office.

 

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