The Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Borough) is updating its Historic Preservation Plan (HPP), which was adopted in 1987.
In June 2019, the Borough received a certified local government grant from the State Historic Preservation Office to begin this update. The purpose of this grant is to complete Phase I of the update:
Phase I is an opportunity to learn from historic knowledge bearers and the greater community about the rich and diverse histories of the Borough. The robust public outreach process in this phase will allow us to develop a plan that will address the priorities of the community.
Due to COVID-19 and public health guidelines emphasizing social distancing, we are initiating this process remotely which is challenging but also creates an opportunity for deeper conversation.
Public outreach to include:
While the histories represented in the 1987 plan haven’t changed, the Borough has changed significantly. The Borough is currently the fastest-growing region in the state of Alaska, a trend that is expected to continue. With the expanding population, there are both increased pressures on historic preservation, and opportunities to educate and expand our collective thinking on what preservation means. This project will increase awareness of preservation needs and priorities in the Borough and will help to develop a strategic plan for managing the Boroughs's cultural resources.
Benefits of Preservation Planning:
Gerrit Verbeek, Planner II