Preservation Planning

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) has created three plans to guide our work. 

The State Guide Plan is Rhode Island’s centralized and integrated long-range planning document. RIHPHC prepares the section (element) focused on plans and programs for the preservation of historic sites and structures. This document, entitled Protecting Our Legacy of Buildings, Places, and Culture: An Historic Preservation Plan for Rhode Island, was approved by the State Planning Council in 2021. 

The State Historic Preservation Plan outlines existing preservation programs and sets out priorities and goals for the RIHPHC. The National Historic Preservation Act requires each State Historic Preservation Office to prepare a plan for review and approval by the National Park Service. A Big Plan for the Smallest State: The Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan for Rhode Island, 2021 - 2027 was approved by the National Park Service in 2021. 

Approved by the Commissioners in 2021, the Strategic Plan outlines the agency's mission, vision, and four goals that will guide our work for the next six years.