Historic Preservation

DVRPC's Long-Range Plan addresses elements such as climate change and energy initiatives, local food production, and cultural and historic landscapes, among others. Inclusion of these topics illustrates the linkages between land use, the environment, the region's economic competitiveness, and the transportation network, and the need for comprehensive solutions.

Historic preservation is an essential tool in two of the four key strategies of DVRPC's Long-Range Plan: Create Livable Communities and Manage Growth and Protect the Environment.

DVRPC has identified over 120 livable communities that already exist in our region. These livable communities are diverse and range from Center City Philadelphia and large employment centers to first generation suburbs and rural villages. Many of these centers, having developed before the Second World War, are designed at a human-scale, encourage walking, and are aesthetically appealing. DVRPC advocates for the region to protect the historic and cultural resources that make these places livable through historic preservation and context sensitive design.

The Long-Range Plan aims to permanently protect one million acres of open space. Many of the places that are already protected and those that are threatened are significant cultural landscapes – another type of historic resource that includes not just buildings and structures, but also the lands, or "landscapes," around those buildings and structures that define their context. Cultural landscapes reveal aspects of our region's origins and development through their form, features, and characteristics and point toward the region's interdependence on its natural resources.


The activity that is the subject of these webpages has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior.

This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to:

Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240.

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