MAY IS NATIONAL Historic Preservation Month and the city of Las Vegas and its Historic Preservation Commission observed the occasion with a special proclamation given by the Mayor, Oscar B. Goodman on May 3rd.
Mayor Goodman and the chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission, Robert Stoldal recognized the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Rotary Club of Las Vegas, Cashman Foundation, and the American Public Works Foundation for their financial contribution toward the preservation of the historic railroad cottages, Las Vegas' first permanent dwelling structures.
Also honored were James Barbarite and Andrew Katz for their unique adaptive reuse of the historic First Methodist Church in downtown Las Vegas.
Later in the month, the Historic Preservation Commission will be participating in the Cultural History Fair at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve on May 20, 2006.
During the month, the commission will also send letters to owners of historic properties who share a unique, individual relationship with the city's history. The letter shares information about the Historic Preservation Commission, the City of Las Vegas Historic Property Register, and the permit review process for construction projects on historic buildings.
The Historic Preservation Commission will be updating the city's Historic Preservation Plan in the coming months. To jumpstart the effort, members of the city of Las Vegas' Historic Preservation Commission and city staff attended a unique training C.A.M.P. (Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program) at the Las Vegas Senior Center in April. C.A.M.P. is a specialized training for historic preservation commissioners and was conducted by the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions (NAPC).
The city's existing Historic Preservation Plan was April 1, 1992. Many of the plan's objectives and policies have been achieved and maps and other plan components need to be updated. The C.A.M.P. program set the stage for launching the plan update and establishing objectives for the next five years.
The process of updating the plan is anticipated to begin with a public meeting scheduled to be held in May in conjunction with Historic Preservation Month. Property owners, developers, real estate professionals, historians, tourism professionals and others interested in the historic districts and downtown area are encouraged to attend.
For more information about historic preservation in the city of Las Vegas, visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov.