Policy / Planning Workshop

Historic Atlanta’s Policy/ Planning Workshop is aimed at assisting local governments, government agencies, conservation/ planning adjacent organizations and other community organizations with larger preservation policy and planning efforts to advance social justice in Historic Preservation.

Potential Services Include:

Assistance in the development of Thematic Context Studies, Historic Resource Surveys, Programmatic Implementation Reports, Preservation Policy Assistance, and more.


Interested in the Policy/ Planning Workshop?

Local governments, government agencies, conservation/ planning adjacent organizations and other community organizations that may be interested in receiving assistance from the Historic Atlanta Policy/ Planning Workshop can contact our programs team at programs@historicatlanta.org to inquire about the program.

Complete proposals are due annually March 1st.

Recent Activity of the Workshop

Future Places Project (City of Atlanta)

In June 2021, Historic Atlanta was selected by the City of Atlanta’s Office of Design to complete two programmatic reports for the City’s Historic Preservation Program. These include an implementation report for the establishment of a new Legacy Business Program in the City of Atlanta and a Historic Designation Program Report and Toolkit aimed at democratizing the process for recognizing Historic Places in Atlanta.

LGBTQ+ Historic Context Statement (City of Atlanta)

The City of Atlanta’s history is rich, varied, and complex—reflective of the communities, events, and people that make us the thriving city we are today. The LGBTQ+ community is an important part of that history. Understanding our LGBTQ+ history is critical to understanding the City of Atlanta’s true history.  

The City of Atlanta is working in partnership with Historic AtlantaState of Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs’ Historic Preservation Division, and other partners to properly identify, document, and ultimately preserve sites associated with Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community. Many of these sites are in danger of being lost.

This effort will result in what is called a “Historic Context Statement.” This critical tool will be used to help assess the historic significance of places that matter to the LGBTQ+ community for potential preservation efforts. Through this initiative, the City of Atlanta and Historic Atlanta join other cities—including Los Angeles, the District of Columbia and San Francisco—in documenting LGBTQ+ history.

A key first step in this effort is to engage with members of the community—as well as people who are actively involved in LGBTQ+ history-preservation efforts—to fill informational gaps and strengthen current knowledge about Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community. Findings from these public outreach activities will be combined with existing research to inform and help create the Historic Context Statement.

Visit the Project Website at: LGBTQ Grant — Future Places Project (atlfutureplaces.com).

Acknowledgement of Federal Assistance: 

This (material or preservation project) has been financed with assistance from the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, U. S. Department of Interior, through the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this [project/product] are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products or consultants constitute endorsement or recommendation by these agencies.  This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability in its federally assisted programs.  If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to:  Office for Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N. W., Washington, D.C. 20240