G2. County Planning to Protect Historic Resources: Making an MPC Mandate Work

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Tuesday, October 16, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

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The MPC requires county comp plans provide for the protection of historic resources, but many counties have
difficulty with that requirement. However, a few have updated the historic resource section of their plans and
worked with nonprofit partners to plan for the preservation of historic resources and educate municipalities and
residents about how to protect them. York County published their Heritage Plan in 2016; in 2017 Erie County
worked with Preservation Erie to create the Erie County Cultural Heritage Plan and the Cumberland County
Historical Society is expanding its role by supporting preservation efforts county wide. Learn how these counties
and their partners have worked together and with the PASHPO to develop innovative approaches to implementing
historic resource protection.


Amy Evans

Amy Evans is a Senior Planner with the York County Planning Commission. For the past four years, Amy has worked on preservation-related topics for the YCPC, including York County’s first Heritage Preservation Plan, a component of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, and coordination of the County’s Heritage Preservation ... Read More

Melinda Meyer

Melinda Meyer has worked with and served the heritage and arts communities of Northwestern Pennsylvania for nearly 20 years. She is experienced as an historian, educator, project consultant, grant writer and nonprofit administrator. As a public historian, Ms. Meyer speaks frequently on the history of Erie County and consistently pursues ... Read More

Lindsay Varner

Dr. Lindsay Houpt-Varner completed her undergraduate degrees in History and Government and Political Affairs at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and her master’s and PhD in Early Modern British History at Durham University in the United Kingdom with a specialty in community culture and social history. She has worked extensively ... Read More

Bill Calahan

Bill Callahan is the western Pennsylvania community preservation coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PASHPO). The PASHPO is part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and Bill is located at the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh. The PASHPO is responsible for implementing state and federal historic preservation ... Read More

Contact Info

Susan Shermer, sshermer@shermer-assoc.com