Studies have shown that commercial activity and economic prosperity are enhanced through landmark designation programs. In the face of the enormous population growth and rapid development experienced by the County in recent years, this program represents an essential tool for preserving our past. Landmark designation by the County can also assist property owners in obtaining monetary grants for historic preservation through the State Historical Fund. Landmarking a property can be a first step to qualify a property for tax credits. The landmark program is voluntary and places no restrictions on a landmarked property.