City and Borough of Juneau
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Juneau, Alaska 99801
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Historic Preservation in Juneau

Strategy for Implementation Of The Plan

Strategy for Preservation
Strategies for implementing the preservation plan may include educational programs to increase the public’s knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the community’s past; programs and guidelines for maintaining and enhancing the historic features of the community; and programs to document and protect the community’s rich heritage. Other strategies may include working jointly with groups and organizations which, through their own programs educate the community about historic preservation and actively work toward preservation of historic resources. A critical strategy for preservation would be the establishment of community processes for resolving conflicts between the preservation of historic resources and alternative development and land uses.

Objectives and Implementing Actions
This section of the plan features the preservation objectives which support the overall goals. Associated with each goal are implementing actions which offer strategies and/or specific tasks which, when completed, would meet the goals and objectives of the plan.

Where specific tasks are identifiable they are included within the implementing actions. Other actions may require further development and therefore no specific tasks are presented at this time.



O-1

Maintain and support the Historic Resources Advisory Committee as the CBJ citizen committee for the purpose of protecting historic resources in the community and implementing the Historic Preservation Plan.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Change the role and responsibilities of the Historic Resources Advisory Committee to include the following:
    • Reviewing and making recommendations on local projects that might affect properties identified in the local historic preservation plan;
    • Reviewing and developing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places for properties within the city and borough of Juneau;
    • Cooperating and consulting with the Assembly, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, and the Alaska Historical Commission on all matters concerning historical districts and historic, prehistoric, and archaeological preservation in the city and borough of Juneau;
    • Perform periodic reviews of the trends in the community to assure the goals and objectives of the Juneau Historic Preservation Plan are being met and when necessary make recommendations for updating the plan;
    • Review and make recommendations to the Assembly for local designations of significant historic buildings within the city and borough of Juneau; and
    • * Perform other activities which are necessary and proper to carry out the above duties.


O-2

Continue the effort to identify historic resources within the City and Borough of Juneau.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Continue to survey pre-historic and historic sites, structures, buildings, and objects within the City and Borough of Juneau. The following neighborhoods need to be surveyed for historic buildings to complete the inventory of historic resources in the community:
    • Casey-Shattuck * Distin Street
    • Gastineau Avenue * Starr Hill
    • Thane * Twin Lakes Area
  2. Update the Inventory of Historic Sites and Structures: City and Borough of Juneau, (March 1986) to include recent survey and inventory work.
  3. Develop a computer database for easier access to the inventory of historic sites, structures, buildings, and objects compatible with OHA’s Alaska Heritage Resources database.
  4. Develop and implement a use and access policy for historic preservation information especially that which is sensitive to protect the particular resources.


O-3

Determine the relative significance of identified historic resources in the community and officially recognize such resources.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Conduct assessments and develop procedures for the preservation and care of the pre-historic and historic resources by professionals in history, architecture, archaeology, and Native culture.
  2. Continue the effort to list historic Juneau properties on the National Register of Historic Places. There are some individual buildings and sites that have historic significance that should be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. These include:
    • Alaska State Capitol
    • WWII Memorial Building (Juneau-Douglas City Museum)
    • Treadwell Mining Ruins
    • Sentinel Island Lighthouse
    • Skater’s Cabin
    • Bureau of Mines Building (Mayflower Island)
  3. Develop and adopt criteria for local designation of historically significant buildings, sites, structures, and objects.

O-4

Identify appropriate measures to protect significant historic and cultural resources.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Develop design guidelines and standards to follow when proposed projects involve or impact historic buildings.
  2. Establish a special review process to consider potential impacts to historic and cultural resources caused by development projects.
  3. Develop partnering opportunities among Federal, State, and local government agencies to identify potential impacts to historic and cultural resources during early phases of project development.
  4. Establish a special review process for evaluating and mitigating potential impacts from tourism on historic and cultural resources.
  5. Establish long-range goals for the preservation of cultural resource objects and written and oral history.
  6. Investigate measures to assure that appropriate consideration has been given to the impacts of demolition proposals for significant historic buildings.
  7. Establish a register of significant historic and cultural resources within the City and Borough of Juneau.

O-5

Encourage and assist owners of significant historic properties to maintain their original architectural character.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Establish a clearinghouse of design information to assist owners of historic properties when making changes to their buildings.
  2. Develop design guidelines for use by owners of historic properties to suggest methods of construction which retain the original architectural character of the property.
  3. Adopt tax incentives and code provisions which encourage maintaining the architectural character of historic buildings.
  4. Establish a process for which significant historic buildings in the community may be officially designated as such.
  5. Investigate and develop local funding assistance programs which will assist owners of historic buildings in retaining the historic architectural character of their buildings.
  6. Work with owners of historic properties to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act while retaining important historic features of their buildings.

O-6

Extend the Downtown Historic District to include areas of similar architectural character as the current district.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Work with property owners of the area to extend the district for assuring the character of the historic downtown is retained.
  2. At such time that the district is extended, expand the current historic district standards to include any unique historic characteristics for this particular part of the district if different from the rest.

O-7

Support the Downtown Historic District Standards to assure the unique architectural character of the district is preserved and protected.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Review and evaluate the effectiveness of the current Historic District Standards.
  2. Update the Historic District Standards if appropriate.

O-8

Educate and inform the general public about Juneau's unique history and Native heritage.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Work with school curriculum and programs to educate the younger generations about the importance of historic preservation.
  2. Develop an on-line Webpage which features the history of the community, explains the importance and value of historic preservation, and includes the Historic Preservation Plan.
  3. Promote historic events such as, the 4th of July, Salmon Derby, Celebration and other historic events, as a method of educating the community to the importance of historic preservation.
  4. Support and work with the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, Juneau Gold Rush Commission, Juneau Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Native organizations, and other such groups on cooperative education efforts.
  5. Coordinate community education efforts with existing programs of the Juneau Douglas City Museum.
  6. Investigate a variety of media formats, such as video, computer CD’s, Internet web page, and publications, to educate the community of the history of Juneau and the importance of historic preservation.

O-9

Support and maintain the city owned museums (Juneau Douglas City Museum and the Last Chance Mining Museum) as repositories for heritage materials and information held in the public interest and as a place of learning about Juneau’s history and historic resources.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Develop partnering opportunities with the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, Juneau Gold Rush Commission, and other non-profit and for-profit groups for cooperative efforts to promote the museum and historic preservation activities.
  2. Develop strategies for obtaining greater support for city owned museums and historic properties.
  3. Develop a comprehensive plan for operations, management, and facilities of the city owned museums.

O-10

Develop interpretive materials throughout the community to inform the public about the heritage of local Natives and other ethnic groups of the area.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Work with local groups and the Juneau Douglas City Museum to document and interpret Native and other ethnic heritage.
  2. Provide public interchanges at schools and museums about Native and other ethnic heritage.
  3. Develop interpretive signs and exhibits within the community which highlights the history of Juneau from different cultural perspectives.
  4. Coordinate with developers of interpretive guides, tours, and signs to feature different cultural perspectives.
  5. Support the development of exhibits, educational brochures, and interpretive signs which establish an appreciation and understanding of the areas rich ethnic diversity and history.

O-11

Provide a means for understanding and appreciating the traditional culture of Juneau's Native people.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Support a Native Studies Program in city schools.
  2. Involve Natives in telling about the Native history of this area.
  3. Work with Native organizations to educate the community at large of the value and importance of the Native customs and culture.
  4. Support the development of interpretive exhibits at the Juneau Douglas City Museum depicting the Auke and Taku Tlingit.
  5. Support the development of interpretive concepts of the original Auk Village at Auke Recreation area including such options as signs, traditional art, or a re-creation of the traditional village.
  6. Work with Native organizations to document and promote use of traditional place names throughout the community.

O-12

Promote accurate depictions by the visitor industry of Juneau’s unique historic background and Native heritage.

Implementing Actions:

  1. Support the Juneau Douglas City Museum educational programs for tour vendors about the history and culture of the Juneau community.
  2. Develop a recognition program for tour vendors who demonstrate the ability to deliver accurate depictions of Juneau's history and Native heritage.


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