Spring 2023
2023-2024 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 $13 million has been allocated to organizations promoting heritage programming and tourism, historic preservation advocacy and historic restoration projects within Plano.
A total of $800,000 was awarded during the 2022- 2023 fiscal year to the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation, Heritage Farmstead Museum, Texas Pool Foundation and for City of Plano 150th Birthday Celebrations. Plano's hotel/motel tax revenue is the source of these grant funds, so projects must support the hospitality industry in Plano.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 grant season. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 1, 2023.
86 Properties Granted Heritage Tax Exemptions
On February 27, City Council granted 86 properties with heritage tax exemptions for 2023.

Since 1984, Plano has offered tax exemptions as an incentive for heritage property owners 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 Saturday, April 30, 2023.
S.B. Wyatt House wins Preservation Dallas Award
The recent restoration of the S.B. Wyatt House located at 807 E.16th Street in Haggard Park Heritage District has won the 2023 Preservation Achievement Award from Preservation Dallas.

This heritage landmark was built in 1910 by Dr. H.B. Beatty, one of the first doctors in Plano. This Craftsman-style bungalow is distinguished by its unique stacked cross-hatch wood porch columns, low-pitched roof with unusual decorative trim and overhanging eaves.

It was later purchased by Dr. S.B. Wyatt, who built and operated the first hospital in Plano. In addition to children's health, education was also very important to Dr. Wyatt as he served on the Plano Independent School District school board for 20 years. Dr. Wyatt was married with three children (Dorothy, Jackson and Peggy Jane), whose names were carved on a concrete garden border still visible in the yard. The structure is now home to Bennett Ratliff, a current Planning and Zoning Commission member and his family.
May is National Historic Preservation Month!
Every year, the month of May is celebrated as National Preservation Month. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has declared “People Saving Places” as the theme for 2023.
The theme is meant to give a national high-five to everyone doing the great work of saving places—in ways big and small—and inspiring others to do the same.

Come join us for the Preservation Proclamation Ceremony at the regular City Council meeting on Monday, May 22, 2023. Various events/celebrations are being organized by following preservation partners around the city:

  • Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation
  • Heritage Farmstead Museum
  • The Texas Pool
  • Collin County Historical Commission