Links to Documents approved by City Council
Cultural Heritage Committee (the advisory body responsible for reviewing historic or cultural resource issues) developed an 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.
How can I find out what zone my property is in?
My property is on the Master or Contributing list of historic resources, what does this mean?
This means your property has been determined to be a locally significant historic resource because of significant architecture or historical themes. Properties determined to be a historic resource may be eligible for benefits such as the Mills Act. Likewise, building owners of qualified historic properties can follow the more flexible California State Historical Building Code (CHBC). The CHBC’s standards and regulations are intended to facilitate the rehabilitation or change of occupancy so as to preserve their original or restored elements and features, to encourage energy conservation and a cost effective approach to preservation, and to provide for reasonable safety from fire, seismic forces or other hazards for occupants and users of such buildings, structures and properties and to provide reasonable availability and usability by the physically disabled.
Additionally, historic properties are eligible to receive a decorative plaque that can be displayed on their property. More importantly changes to historic properties are guided by the City’s Historic Preservation Guidelines and Historic Preservation Ordinance.