The City of Conway announces plans for a virtual presentation of its draft Historic Preservation Plan. The presentation will be conducted on June 30th, via a virtual meeting platform and streamed online via the city’s YouTube channel, starting at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will focus on presenting the plan’s draft recommendations for how the city can improve its historic preservation program over the coming years.
Conway Planning Director, James Walden, says the presentation is a critical step in the plan’s completion process. “We wanted to bring it to the public before the city begins the adoption process. We’ve received highly valuable public input, and we want to make sure the plan reflects the community’s vision,” Walden said. Following the presentation, the city will enter a 30-day comment period to allow public response before scheduling a public hearing to begin the adoption process. Walden said the plan is still very much in draft form. “Though the consultants have prepared a full draft of the plan, everything in it is on the table for possible revision. After the public comment period ends the plan will be revised, as necessary.”
The city began working on the plan in the fall of 2019, after receiving a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and National Park Service. A Historic Preservation Plan has never been developed for the Conway community. The plan will help direct and guide the future changes to the city’s development regulations for Conway’s historic neighborhoods and define priorities for projects that promote education and awareness of Conway’s rich historic past. Key proposals of the draft plan include: increasing public awareness of the city’s historic assets via tours and educational programs for Conway students, streamlining approval processes, developing a revolving loan fund for renovation of historic properties, and increasing oversight of development and rehabilitations in the city’s National Register district that are not locally designated such as downtown Conway.
Further information about the presentation and all aspects of the project can obtained by contacting the Conway Planning and Development Department at (501) 450-6105 or on the Historic Preservation Plan webpage.