Heritage and Historic Preservation Plan

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Background

In March 2022 the City of Fayetteville was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) to undertake a citywide Heritage and Historic Preservation Master Plan. This grant is being matched with $20,000 of the City’s funds to complete the project. In August 2022, the City Council approved a contract with Stantec Consulting Services to work with the community and city staff to develop the plan.

Fayetteville has a number of master plans that are updated every decade, if not sooner, depending on the plan. Some are on a longer update timeline that may be closer to 20 years. The City does not yet have a historic preservation master plan; i.e. a community-driven guidance document for how we approach historic preservation. With an incredible collection of historic sites and structures across the city, and with historic buildings and sites in the City’s ownership, we are looking to develop a framework to steward publicly owned historic sites. We look forward to understanding how the community would like to approach historic preservation. 

The City Council resolution and consultant contract and scope of work are available to view online. Although this planning process will be complete in the next year, the work to implement the plan will continue for the next few years, and we want to build successful partnerships as we plan and perform that work.

Planning Process

In order to develop a community-driven plan, we need information and feedback from the community. The questions we will be asking in this planning process include:

  • Should regulations and design review requirements be implemented for private properties? 
  • Are there any neighborhoods that would could benefit from or want historic zoning protections? 
  • Are there historic sites that we do not know about or need to know more about? 
  • Do we need to offer more education or resources on how to maintain and repair historic properties? 
  • Are additional online resources warranted? 
  • How much do we know about our history? 
  • Do we need a city historic marker program? 
  • Have we identified our historic neighborhoods or is more survey work needed? 
  • What kind of grant funding and grant projects are we eligible for or do we want to be eligible for? 
  • How does the statewide historic preservation plan aid in guiding the work that we will undertake or the grant funding we will be seeking for the next five years? 

The process will result in a document that will address these questions and lay out a finalized plan.

Timeline

The planning process will kick off in September 2022 and be completed by August 2023. The state grant requires that we have a final plan document and complete the project within that timeline.

Engagement Opportunities

The first public meeting will occur fall 2022, but many other opportunities for participation will be available, including direct communication with the City’s Long Range Planning staff. Ways to connect are:

  • Project Contact List: We are compiling a project contact list for updates as we work through the project, and would be happy to add you or anyone who might be interested to the list. Sign up for the project contact list by emailing bbostick@fayetteville-ar.gov or calling 479.575.8262. Alternatively, residents may visit the City’s Development Services office at 125 W. Mountain Street, Fayetteville.
  • Social Media: Project updates, including meetings, will be posted on the City’s social media.
  • Commission Involvement: The City’s Historic District Commission and Black Heritage Preservation Commission will both be discussing the plan in their regular meetings, as well as making recommendation on the plan to the City Council.
  • Direct Interaction: Long Range Planning staff will be available to meet with residents to discuss the plan, as well as any aspects that residents believe should be included.
  • Public Meetings: There will be three public, open house-style meetings on the plan. 
    • The first meeting is Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ziegler Room within the Fayetteville Public Library's new wing, next to the event center (view the Room Location map here).
      • There will be an opportunity for the community to meet City staff and the project consultant, ask questions, share concerns, and let us know what they would like to see in the plan.
    • The second meeting in early 2023 is also planned to be in person. This meeting will present the feedback gathered throughout the fall and ensure that residents' voices are heard. After that meeting, Stantec will produce a draft plan document for review and comment.
    • The third meeting is planned to be virtual; the schedule is TBA. This meeting will present the final draft of the plan and request feedback for the final plan document that will be presented to the City Council.

Interactive Historic Sites Map

Click on one of the Historic Sites from the list below (scroll for the full list), then use map controls or list of sub-sites below the map to view location and details of individual historic sites.