∙ Preservation ordinances protect places and things of value to the whole community.
∙ Under preservation ordinances, property values are stabilized and, in most cases, increased.
∙ Change and new development are both desirable and inevitable. It is how that change occurs that either enhances our historical foundation or degrades the historic fabric.
∙ Ordinances keep the public good in perspective.
∙ It establishes a decorum in the community where historic preservation is a social and economic asset.
∙ Knock down a historic building and put up buildings out of scale and out of context to those around them, and see how the district has been devalued. Not only is there a very real loss of heritage and character, but an economic loss too. You’ve lost part of your community’s identity.