City to Prepare a
Historic Context Statement
A grant has been awarded!
Recently the City Council authorized
City staff to apply for grant funds to help prepare a historic
context statement through the State Sponsored Certified Local
Government program. On July 9, 2012, City staff was formally
notified that the City has been selected to receive a grant in the
amount of $22,500 to prepare a historic context statement. The
City accepted proposals from qualified consultants to assist with
this effort and ultimately hired Historic Resources Group (HRG).
HRG introduced the project to the Cultural Heritage Committee at
their regular hearing on December 17th, 2012.
opportunity for public input will be at a
public workshop on May 6th at the Senior Center on Santa Rosa Street
in Mitchell Park. The workshop will begin at 5:30 PM. The
public will be invited to provide feedback on the outline and
preliminary draft of the context statement.
a copy of the draft project outline:
And, here's a copy of the preliminary draft of the context:
What is a
Historic Context Statement?
The historic context statement is a
document that will identify the important themes relevant to the history
and development of the built environment of the City. The context
statement will establish periods of historical significance for each of
the important themes, identify important associated property types with
their character defining and associative features, and establish
evaluation criteria and integrity thresholds sufficient to provide a
framework for identifying and evaluating individual resources and
historic districts for the National, California, and local registration
January 2013 - Complete project outline
Public Input: A public workshop was held on February 6th at the
Senior Center building in Mitchell Park.
May 6 2013- A public
workshop to reveal the preliminary draft of the context statement and
receive public feedback will be held on May 6th at 5:30 PM at the Senior
Center in Mitchell Park at 1445 Santa Rosa Street.
May 2013- A draft
context statement is due to the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP). A
second workshop will be scheduled.
June 10, 2013-
The Cultural Heritage Committee will review and discuss the draft
July 2013- A
second (revised) draft is due to OHP.
Cultural Heritage Committee will review a final draft of the context
September 2013- A
final context statement is due to OHP.
context statement will be published.
...In the future, the
context statement may be incorporated into the Historic Preservation
How Can you Assist? As a member of the
community we are looking for your input. Do you have interesting
historical facts about the City? Are you aware of significant historical
events or historical properties that should be recognized? Would you
like to play a part in assisting staff and the consultant with the
We are in the process of
gathering information to be included in the context statement. Please
contact Phil Dunsmore at the Community Development Department to provide
input or inquire about the project: