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Regional Preservation Services System
Georgia is unique
The Georgia RPSS began in 1978, modeled after a similar program in South Carolina. In its first year, only two regions participated in the program. By the next year ten more regions had joined the program. Funding is provided by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and by local matching funds.
Regional Development Centers
Regional planners operate from Regional Development Centers, which are planning agencies funded by state and federal grants with dues paid by member cities and counties. The centers were reconstituted after the passage of the Georgia Planning Act of 1989 to implement comprehensive planning on a local and regional level. Serving their surrounding counties,
Regional Preservation Planners
The result of Georgia's unusual regional organizational structure is that preservation programs originating at the federal level (in the Department of the Interior or the National Park Service) are coordinated at the state office and administered locally by the regional planners. Such a structure ensures regionally appropriate implementation of federal directives for historic preservation (as established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966) in Georgia's 159 counties.
In addition to providing local assistance, the RPSS helps achieve the preservation goals developed by the state office. One of its most important goals is to protect Georgia's historic places. The regional preservation planners use the National Register of Historic Places, state and federal tax-incentives, and
Georgia consistently leads other states in many historic-preservation categories, such as the total number of National Register listings and the amount of money invested in rehabilitating historic properties. The Historic Preservation Office also successfully provides historic preservation services throughout the state's 57,906 square miles. For more than twenty years, the RPSS has offered an effective way to identify, preserve, and protect the state's historic resources.
Heritage Preservation and National Park Service, Caring for Your Historic House (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998).
W. Brown Morton III et al., The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1992).
William J. Murtagh, Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America, rev. ed. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1997).
Bradford J. White and Richard J. Roddewig, Preparing a Historic Preservation Plan (Chicago: American Planning Assoc., 1994).
Burke Walker, Northeast Georgia Regional Development Center
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