The goal of the Heritage Preservation Program is to implement the public policy for the preservation of the historic environment of Flagstaff, the work of this program includes historic property inventories, landmark and historic district formation and maintenance, design review, and impact analysis. In addition, the work of this program includes Section 106 reviews for all projects of the federal government, including projects licensed or funded by the federal government. Program staff works with the State Historic Preservation Office and the Heritage Preservation Commission on heritage preservation efforts.
Heritage Preservation Programs
Historic District Design Review
Projects in the local historic districts are reviewed by the Heritage Preservation Commission for consistency with the established guidelines for each district. The Commission meets monthly and this review can be accomplished while other City reviews are taking place. On smaller conforming projects, including signs, consent approval is granted by the Historic Preservation Officer.
Historic Facades & Signs Grant Program
The Flagstaff City Council established this grant program to assist in the preservation of historically important properties within the community. Grants are approved by the Commission for reservation, restoration, reconstruction, or rehabilitation of historic properties. The work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and eligible work must have a public benefit, such as being visible from a public right-of-way. It has been used for the treatment of porches, store fronts, historic signage, cornices, windows, and roofing.
Heritage Preservation Projects
Landmarks Design Review Overlay District
The Heritage Preservation Commission is actively seeking properties that can be placed in this new floating historic district. The district provides local recognition and affords preservation of historic properties according to established regulations. Only historic properties with willing property owners are eligible. At present, the Commission is working primarily with City-owned historic properties, though several willing private properties are included. This is expected to be a multi-year project with eight to twelve properties being included each year.
Cultural Resource Sensitivity Mapping
A variety of heritage and cultural resources, such as Historic Route 66 alignments, logging railroads, and archeological resources are being mapped for use in long-range planning and development review. Such maps have varying degrees of specificity so as not to disclose the locations of protected resources.
Heritage Preservation Resource Center
- Historic Design Review Overlay District - Downtown Design Guidelines
- Historic Preservation Commission Master Application
- Landmark Design Review Overlay District – Design Guidelines
- National Park Service – Heritage Preservation Services
- Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
- State Historic Preservation Office
- Townsite Historic Design Review Overlay District – Design Guidelines