§ 1002.


The Planning Department and the Historic Preservation Commission (“HPC”) shall have and exercise the powers and shall perform the duties set forth in this Section and elsewhere in this Article 10 with respect to historical preservation.


The HPC:


Shall recommend to the Board of Supervisors, after public hearing, on the designation of landmarks and historic districts, as more fully set forth below in this Article 10;


Shall review and decide on applications for construction, alteration, demolition and other applications pertaining to landmark sites and historic districts, as more fully set forth below in this Article 10;


May take steps to encourage or bring about preservation of structures or other features where the HPC has decided to suspend action on an application, as more fully set forth in Section 1006.6 below;


May establish and maintain a list of structures and other features deemed deserving of official recognition although not designated as landmarks or historic districts, and take appropriate measures of recognition, as more fully set forth in Section 1011 below;


Shall have the authority to review and comment upon environmental documents under the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for proposed projects that may have an impact on historic or cultural resources;


Shall act as the City’s local historic preservation review commission for the purposes of the Certified Local Government Program, may recommend properties for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, and may review and comment on federal undertakings where authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act;


Shall review and comment upon any agreements proposed under the National Historic Preservation Act where the City is a signatory prior to any approval action on such agreement;


Shall have the authority to oversee and direct the survey and inventory of historic properties;


Shall review and provide written reports to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on ordinances and resolutions concerning historic preservation issues and historic resources, redevelopment project plans, waterfront land use and project plans, and such other matters as may be prescribed by ordinance;


Shall have the authority to recommend approval, disapproval, or modification of historical property contracts pursuant to the state Mills Act to the Board of Supervisors, without referral or recommendation of the Planning Commission; and


Shall recommend to the Planning Commission a Preservation Element of the General Plan, shall periodically recommend to the Planning Commission proposed amendments to such Preservation Element of the General Plan, and shall comment and provide recommendations to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors on other objectives, policies and provisions of the General Plan and special area, neighborhood, and other plans designed to carry out the General Plan, and proposed amendments thereto, that are not contained within such Preservation Element but concern historic preservation.


The Department and the HPC:


May carry out, assist and collaborate in studies and programs designed to identify and evaluate structures, sites and areas worthy of preservation;


May consult with and consider the ideas and recommendations of civic groups, public agencies, and citizens interested in historical preservation;


May inspect and investigate structures, sites and areas which they have reason to believe worthy of preservation;


May disseminate information to the public concerning those structures, sites and areas deemed worthy of preservation, and may encourage and advise property owners in the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of landmarks, property in historic districts, and other officially recognized property of historical interest;


May consider methods other than those provided for in this Article 10 for encouraging and achieving historical preservation, and make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and to other bodies and agencies, both public and private; and


May establish such policies, rules and regulations as they deem necessary to administer and enforce this Article 10 and Charter Section 4.135 establishing the HPC.



(Amended by Ord. 222-72, App. 8/9/72; Ord. 94-12, File No. 120300, App. 5/21/2012, Eff. 6/20/2012)

Section header amended; section amended substantially in its entirety; Ord. 94-12, Eff. 6/20/2012.


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