Community Development

Preservation Links

For more information, please check out the following links:

Certified Local Government (CLG) Program
The City of Independence has been certified by the National Park Service through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (SHPO) as a Certified Local Government since 1987. Read more about the criteria and the benefits of CLG status at this National Park Service Site.

The Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
A set of standards intended to guide both professionals and laypersons in the proper methods for the rehabilitation of historic properties.

National Park Service Preservation Briefs
A series of 48 easy to use reference guides for historic property owners, preservation professionals, organizations, and government agencies. The Briefs offer guidance on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring everything from historic windows to terra cotta to stained glass.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources (SHPO)
The Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is the state agency responsible for promoting the historical and archaeological resources in Missouri. Go to the link above for more on the staff and services this state office provides.

State and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits
The Department of Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) works actively with historic property owners, developers, and architects to promote financial incentives and provide advice on appropriate rehabilitation. SHPO staff reviews applications for state and federal tax certification and makes recommendations for approval. Find out if your property qualifies and how to submit an application at this site.

Missouri Preservation - Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation
The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation (Missouri Preservation) is Missouri's only statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, supporting, and coordinating historic preservation activities statewide. For the latest in preservation news from around the state, follow the link above to Missouri Preservation.