Protecting Value Through Historic Preservation Regulations

Zoning Practice — April 2017

By Lane Kendig


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Most communities recognize the need to protect historic and cultural sites, buildings, or neighborhoods, yet many qualifying places remain vulnerable across the country. In many cases this is because historic preservation regulations can trigger landowner fears about a loss of property values or opportunities. While such fears are largely groundless, it is important in developing regulations to seek to address these concerns.

This issue of Zoning Practice discusses how careful planning and drafting of zoning standards can help mitigate landowner concerns while advancing historic preservation goals. It covers both district-based and scattered-site approaches to historic preservation regulations.


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April 1, 2017
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About the Author

Lane Kendig
Lane Kendig is the founder of Kendig Keast Collaborative a national planning firm. Prior to that he worked in Bucks County, PA and was county planning director in Lake County, IL. He has practiced planning for over 45 years across the United States working for large and small cities, counties, and developers. He is the author of “Performance Zoning” (APA 1980) and the Island Press books “Community Character” and “Planning with Community Character” 2010. He has authored three PAS reports for APA, as well as writing numerous articles. He is an expert in comprehensive planning, land use regulations, and environmental protection. Mr. Kendig has not only written plans and codes, but reviewed thousands of site plans and designed developments ranging from small residential to super regional shopping centers.