Planning to Preserve: Preservation as a Planning Tool

APA Oklahoma Chapter


Monday, September 26, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

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Historic Preservation is often viewed as limited in purpose and scope; pretty old buildings and neighborhoods are fixed up to look nice. It can also be seen as a burden - an extra hoop for cities or developers to jump through or to get out of the way. This presentation will discuss the ways that historic preservation can be an integral part of the maintenance and stabilization, redevelopment, and revitalization of neighborhoods and commercial areas in communities large and small.
Preservationists and planners will discuss the economic and quality-of-life benefits to be gained from preserving historic places, and provide an overview of federal, state and local tools available to encourage historic preservation. Presenters will discuss ways to incorporate historic preservation into a decision- and goal-making process about larger revitalization and redevelopment efforts.
Case studies will include specific historic buildings and districts in Oklahoma City and in Ardmore that have spurred redevelopment in recent years, with historic preservation as a key component of success. Planners will discuss their cities' specific efforts and initiatives to incorporate historic preservation into larger planning goals.



Susan Atkinson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Susan Owen Atkinson, AICP is a Senior Planner at the City of Oklahoma City, specializing in neighborhood planning and design and historic preservation. Her recent passions include creating place through the use of public art and retrofitting walkability in Mid-20th Century commercial districts and neighborhoods. She lives in Oklahoma City ... Read More

Kathryn Friddle, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Since September 2012, Katie McLaughlin Friddle has served as the Preservation Officer for the City of Oklahoma City. Katie provides staff support to the City’s Historic Preservation Commission, serves as the City’s Certified Local Government Coordinator, and participates in other preservation efforts within the Planning Department. A native ... Read More

Stephanie Keyser

Confirmed Speaker