HPAC Duties and Responsibilities

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The Historic Preservation Advisory Commission's duties and responsibilities are outlined in Council Resolution 2009-67:The Commission shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • To adopt rules of procedure and regulations to govern the conduct of meetings and business.
  • To keep minutes and records of all meetings and proceedings including voting records, attendance, resolutions, findings, determinations, and decisions. All such material shall be public record.
  • To provide opportunity for direct public participation in all responsibilities delegated to the Certified Local Government including the survey and National Register nomination process. Commission meetings shall be open to the public with published agenda and minutes in accordance with the California Open Meeting Act. The published agenda shall be mailed in advance of meetings to individuals and citizen organizations interested in the Commission's activities.
  • To maintain a local inventory of all properties and structures that have been designated as historic or cultural heritage resources, including but not limited to historic districts, landmark sites, and landmarks within the Town, and all information required for each designation.
  • To oversee with Town staff the compiling, recording, and updating of the inventory of historic and cultural heritage resources.
  • To recommend nominations for individual structures or districts to the National Register of Historic Places to the Town Council.
  • To review and make recommendations on National Register nominations submitted for properties.
  • To review, comment, and make recommendation on the conduct of land use applications, housing and redevelopment projects, infrastructure improvements, and other types of planning and programs undertaken by any agency of the Town, special districts, the County, or State in the Historic Preservation District, as they relate to the survey results and the historic and cultural heritage resources of the community.
  • To review, comment, and make recommendations on applications for permits, archaeological resource investigations, environmental assessments, environmental impact reports, environmental impact statements, and other similar applications and documents, that may impact designated and potential resources or related neighboring property within public view in the Historic Preservation District.
  • To review, comment, and make recommendations on the actions of Town departments and other public agencies that may impact designated and potential resources in the Historic Preservation District, as determined by the Community Development Director. The Commission may review and comment during the environmental review and project design phases of such actions.
  • To review, comment, and make recommendations on applications and Certificates of Appropriateness for construction, alteration, removal, or demolition in the Historic Preservation District.
  • To review, comment, and make recommendations on whether denial of Certificates of Appropriateness affecting resources will result in economic hardship to the property owner and to review, comment, and make recommendations on applications for Certificates of Economic Hardship that would allow the performance of work for which a Certificate of Appropriateness has been denied.
  • To periodically review and make recommendations, if appropriate, on revisions to the Historic Design Guidelines.
  • To periodically review and make recommendations, if appropriate, on revisions to historic preservation standards in the Development Code.
  • To cooperate with local, County, State, and Federal governments in the pursuit of the objectives of historic and cultural heritage resource preservation.
  • To review and make recommendations on the administration of fiscal programs such as grant monies and other incentives programs to increase preservation options for property owners.
  • To investigate and make recommendations to the Town Council on the use of various Federal, State, local and private funding sources and mechanisms available to promote historic and cultural heritage resource preservation.