State Historic Preservation Plan

New State Historic Preservation Plan

In late 2021, the Historic Preservation Division received approval from the National Park Service on its new State Historic Preservation Plan, Preserving the Enchantment, 2022-2031.

HPD is pleased to present the new plan, a PDF version may be downloaded here.

Development of the 2022-2031 State Preservation Plan

In late 2020, the Historic Preservation Division selected Sunmount Consulting, LLC, to work on the new State Historic Preservation Plan.  HPD Staff has been working closely with Sunmount on the plan and we are seeking your input related to historic preservation. 

Watch our video:

A survey has been created to gather input.


Nuevo plan estatal de preservación histórica

A fines de 2020, la División de Preservación Histórica seleccionó a Sunmount Consulting, LLC, para trabajar en el nuevo Plan Estatal de Preservación Histórica. El personal de HPD ha estado trabajando en estrecha colaboración con Sunmount en el plan y estamos buscando sus opiniones relacionadas con la preservación histórica.

Se ha creado una encuesta para recopilar opiniones del público. 


State of New Mexico, Historic Preservation Plan

The State of New Mexico Historic Preservation Officer is required to develop a statewide preservation plan in accordance with Section 101(b)(3)(C) of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, and the plan must meet the program requirements found in Chapter 6, Section G, Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual.

The SHPO develops a written state plan and implements its recommendations.  However, the plan contains objectives that other entities can more appropriately carry out. The state plan addresses the full range of historic and cultural resources in the state.   The statewide plan is a strategic plan, not a department work plan. It engages the public first, then reflects the views of citizens and partners in its content. The SHPO constructed the plan so that a variety of organizations, individuals, agencies, and governments can adopt and implement actions that further its goals and objectives. The state plan was approved by the NPS and has been widely distributed and readily available for public review.

Previous State Plans

Preserving the Enchantment: NM State Historic Preservation Plan 2017-21
Preserving the Enchantment: Sustaining NM’s Cultural Heritage, 2012-2016
Preserving the Enchantment, A Plan for New Mexico, 2007-2011
New Mexico Historic Preservation: A Plan for 2002-2006
New Mexico Historic Preservation: A Plan for the Year 2001
Mission Statement & Goals, State Historic Preservation Division, 1994
New Mexico Historic Preservation Planning Process, 1989

Historic Preservation Plan, 2022-2031

In 2021, the SHPO will be developing a written state plan. Look for more information soon. The State Plan, at a minimum, shall contain the following:

  • A summary of the planning process.
  • A clear statement describing the planning cycle
  • A summary assessment of historic and cultural resources
  • A vision for historic preservation.
  • Goals and objectives.
  • A bibliography of all sources used to develop the plan.

National Park Service, Statewide Preservation Planning Program 

Information from the State, Tribal, and Local Plans Division of the National Park Service's Statewide Preservation Planning Program may be found here.  

Other States' Plans

Links to examples of other states' Statewide Historic Preservation plans may be found below. 

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