Spring 2021
FY 2021-2022 Heritage Preservation Grants Now Open
The City of Plano offers heritage preservation grants to local, nonprofit organizations that support heritage preservation, education and tourism in the community. Since 2004, over $11.8 million has been allocated to organizations promoting heritage programming and tourism, historic preservation advocacy and historic restoration projects within Plano.

A total of $640,000 was awarded during the 2020- 2021 fiscal year to the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Heritage Farmstead Museum, Texas Pool Foundation and the North Texas Masonic Historical Museum and Library. Grant funds are generated from Plano's hotel/motel tax revenue and projects must show support for the City's hospitality industry.

Applications are now available for the 2021-2022 grant season. The deadline to apply is May 3, 2021.
88 Properties Granted Heritage Tax Exemptions
On Feb. 22, the City Council approved 88 properties to receive tax exemptions in 2021.

Since 1984, Plano has offered tax exemptions as an incentive for owners of heritage properties to maintain and preserve the structures in a manner that reflects the historic and cultural significance to the community. The tax exemptions apply only to the property improvements value. Plano Independent School District and Collin College also participate in the City’s heritage tax exemption program. Additional tax exemptions can be applied through Collin County’s Historical Property Tax Abatements program.

Appeals and Extensions For Required Repairs
Property owners can now also appeal any maintenance issues classified as poor in their annual inspection report or request a later deadline to complete repairs. All appeal and extension requests must be submitted by April 30, 2021.
Haggard Park Heritage District Design Standards Public Meeting
Wednesday, April 21
6 p.m.
Location TBA

The Haggard Park Heritage District design standards update project continues to make progress. You are invited to review the draft recommendations that guide the framework and the content of the design standards for Haggard Park Heritage District. The comments and feedback from this meeting will be used to finalize the design standards document. The project is slated for completion this summer.

The format for this meeting has not been determined yet. Stay tuned to the project website.