Cultural Heritage Commission

The Cultural Heritage Commission is made up of five citizens who meet quarterly and make recommendations to the City Council on designation of historic properties and applications to the Mills Act program as well as other preservation issues.

The duties of the Cultural Heritage Commission include:

  • Exercise the authority set forth in this Article and as otherwise provided in this Code;
  • Inspect, investigate, and recommend for designation to the City Council, Landmarks, and Historic Districts, and make any preliminary or supplemental determinations, or conclusions, in order to implement this Article;
  • Review a City-wide Survey of Historic Resources, which is periodically updated, and other Surveys on a case-by-case basis, and recommend adoption of the Survey conclusions by the City Council;
  • Compile or cause to be compiled and maintained a Local Register listing and describing all designated Landmarks, Historic Districts and Contributing Properties within the City;
  • Compile or cause to be compiled and maintained a List of Local Master Architects as defined by the Article;
  • Conduct studies and evaluations of applications or proposals seeking the designation of potential Landmarks and Historic Districts, make determinations and recommendations as such appropriateness for consideration of such applications, and make any preliminary or supplemental determinations or conclusions, in order to implement this Article;
  • Develop designs for suitable signs, plaques or other markers, that may be placed, at private expense, on or near a designated Landmark, Historic District or Contributing Property, indicating that the Resource has been designated as such;
  • Review and approve applications for Certificate of Appropriateness and Certificates of Hardship, as applicable;
  • Recommend, promulgate, and amend, from time to time, such rules and regulations as it may deem necessary to implement the purposes of this Article;
  • Assume the responsibilities and duties that may be assigned to the Commission by the City under the Certified Local Government provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, including but not limited to, compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act with regard to historic resources;
  • Review and make recommendations to the City Council on Mills Act contracts.
  • Upon request, advise the City Council, City departments, and City commissions the significance of historic resources, as defined by CEQA; and recommend to the City Council, City departments and City commissions appropriate action in compliance with the City’s adopted CEQA procedures;
  • Provide Recommendations to the City Council regarding the utilization and promotion of incentives and grants from federal and state agencies, private groups and individuals, and budgetary appropriations to advance the preservation of Historic Resources in the City;
  • Participate in, promote and conduct public information, educational and interpretive programs pertaining to Historic Resources and provide public participation in all aspects of the City’s historic preservation program;
  • Coordinate with other local, County, State and Federal governments in the pursuit of the City’s historic preservation goals;
  • Upon request, review and make recommendations to the Planning Commission on zoning and general plan amendments related to preserving Historic Resources;
  • Develop a program to celebrate Historic Resources, and recognize outstanding maintenance, rehabilitation, and preservation of Landmarks, Historic Districts and Contributing Properties;
  • Require that each commissioner attend at least one informational or educational meeting, seminar, workshop, or conference per year in accordance with the requirements of the Certified Local Government program;
  • Perform any other functions that may be designated by resolution or motion of the City Council (Ord. C-6961 Section 1 (part), 1992).

 To view audio/video of past Cultural Heritage Commission meetings, click this link:  Archived Cultural Heritage Commission

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