One of the most important activities the Commission can undertake is to encourage and aid the creation of new local historic districts. It is one of the best ways to protect the historic character of buildings, streetscapes, and neighborhoods. Studies done by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation indicate that local historic districts have a positive effect on property values within the District. A local historic designation offers the assurance that the distinctive architecture and aesthetic value inherent in the historic property will remain for the enjoyment of future generations. Local historic districts encourage continuity of design, pride of ownership, and help bring an element of predictability to older, established neighborhoods. Click here to view the Ten Steps to Establishing a Local Historic District.