Fall 2014 Conference Arkansas APA

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:30 a.m.
Friday, September 12, 2014, 1 p.m. CDT

Little Rock, AR, United States


The session will discuss the City of Little Rock and EPA effort to use green infrastructure of drainage/flood control and educational purposes. A primary goal was restore a connection to the hydrologic cycle within the urban environment while educating the community about such techniques and their benefits. The project will be used by students at all levels as a living laboratory to learn about water quality. This presentation presents a detailed analysis of the challenges associated with a highly unique public facility located in a vital spot of a large metropolitan area, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History within the confines of Little’s Rock’s MacArthur Park, a former military facility one of Little Rock’s oldest public parks. In addition to its role as a museum, functions include those of :- An educational facility; - A vital segment of Little Rocks’ downtown renewal efforts;- A meeting facility; - A part in other city functions such as the city’s annual literary festival, and - A partner to the Arkansas Art Center. The session will focus on the Arkansas State enabling legislation for Planning and the enabling legislation for Historic District Commissions. Discussion of the Arkansas Code related to Historic Districts, Zoning and Land Use Law will be coverage from both the State and Local level. What is the role of the National Register for Historic Place, Local Ordinance Districts and Zoning - Design Overlay Districts? Examples from local ordinances as well as State law will be provided as well as some examples of how a few municipalities are addressing the overlapping regulations and reviews. In the past historic preservation has been advocated primarily for its aesthetic and cultural contributions to a community. Those reasons are as important as ever. But in recent years new research and new perspectives have broadened the role that preservation can play. This session will be divided into three sections. First, what are the economic contributions to a local economy? Second, what is the relationship between historic preservation and the “economics once removed” variables such as the environment, walkability, neighborhood stability, etc? Third, how should historic preservation be used in cities “rightsizing” efforts? And finally how is historic preservation being incorporated into a larger urban planning context?