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Historic Preservation Ordinance & Guidelines

Links to Documents approved by City Council

Director's letter stating that the new ordinance does not affect homeowners' insurance for historic houses.


Several programs in the Conservation and Open Space Element address historic preservation issues. Specifically, Program 3.6.10 calls for the City to implement the adoption of a historic preservation ordinance. As a result of public and advisory body input, the Council identified development of a historic preservation ordinance as a Council Goal as part of the 2009-2011 Financial Plan and Budget process. 

The Cultural Heritage Committee (the advisory body responsible for reviewing historic or cultural resource issues) developed a draft Ordinance and updated Guidelines over the course of several months for recommendation to the City Council and the City Council took final action on the documents in December 2010. 

In April 2011, the Council made a minor edit to the Guidelines to make it explicit that the use of original materials is not required when changes are made to historic structures. This change was initiated in response to concerns that there are times when original materials are no longer available or are prohibitively expensive and may impact an owner's ability to maintain homeowner's insurance. Links to the Ordinance and Guidelines may be found above.

Other Actions

On May 19th, Marie Nelson from the State Historic Preservation Office provided information to the Cultural Heritage Committee regarding the State's Certified Local Government program and other historic preservation efforts. Review her presentation HERE.

Through the public hearing process, the City Council heard testimony that more outreach to property owners of historic resources and within historic districts would be helpful. Staff is currently working on a newsletter that will be distributed in early summer 2011. For more information, please contact Phil Dunsmore - or 781-7522.

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