Survey and Planning Projects

PAL has extensive experience in completing cultural resource survey and planning projects for a variety of clients, including federal, state, and local agencies and corporations. These projects are designed to provide information to property managers and planners about the location, condition, and significance of historic properties and offer recommendations about their subsequent treatment within the context of the organization’s overall planning process.

PAL’s community-wide surveys of historic architectural resources include the recording of resources in the rural inland town of Rochester, Massachusetts, and over 1,000 properties in Plymouth, the largest town in Massachusetts. Completed state inventory forms, National Register of Historic Places evaluations, and a final report containing a historic context narrative and planning recommendations provide clients and review agencies with solid information for decision-making. PAL has also prepared town-wide archaeological reconnaissance surveys for towns including Dartmouth and Marion, Massachusetts. The surveys identified known and potential prehistoric and historic period archaeological sites, developed townwide prehistoric and historic archaeological sensitivity maps and accompanying guides, developed management recommendations for the protection of cultural resources and sensitive areas,and presented the information in a format that would be useful to state and local planning and review agencies.

PAL has completed more than 150 large and small cultural resource survey projects, encompassing thousands of buildings, structures, objects, landscapes, and sites. We have also prepared numerous stand-alone historic preservation plans and cultural resource elements for community-based comprehensive plans.

Selected list of our survey and planning project clients:
Boston Landmarks Commission Museum of African American History
Cape Cod Commission National Park Service
City of Pawtucket Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
City of Somerville Town of Acton
Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Town of Chatham
Cumberland Historic District Commission Town of Dartmouth
Dartmouth Historical Commission Town of Falmouth
Harvard University Town of Mashpee
Martha's Vineyard Commission Town of Rochester
Massachusetts DEM Town of Truro
Massachusetts Historical Commission Town of Westford
Medfield Historical Commission Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Aquinnah
Middlesex Canal Association Westport Historic District Commission