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PLEASE ATTEND THE COUNCIL MEETING MARCH 5 AND SUPPORT A

TOTALLY VOLUNTARY HISTORICAL PRESERVATION ORDINANCE

 

The draft ordinance proposed by staff fails to make the changes needed to fix the current failed program and adopt a totally voluntary program based on private initiative with strong incentives. Join us at the Laguna Beach City Council meeting on March 5th, and urge the following changes:

 

  1. No private property should be designated “historical” without consent of the owner.

  2. Voluntary means only owners can apply for registry and once registered, you request removal by reimbursing any financial incentives.

  3. Only properties on a registry are deemed “historical resources”. No inventories, no surveys, no lists of “eligible” properties.

  4. Recognize Mills Act as the greatest incentive to participate. Drop the “two step” process and enact a “concurrent” Mills/DRB approval/registration process like Pasadena.

  5. Restore confidence in the program by hiring a “City Historian” certified and qualified to perform assessments, like Santa Barbara.  No budgets for outside consultants.

  6. Enact “withdrawal rights”. If your application and incentives are not what you expected, you can withdraw without prejudice.

  7. Drop the “perpetual agreement”- a major disincentive in the “two step process”. Rely on code enforcement to regulate registered properties.

  8. Allow registered owners to file for demolition or major remodeling by first requesting removal from the registry after reimbursing the value of incentives and forfeiting special incentives and variances.

  9. Focus on truly historic structures of the highest quality.  Raise our standard for landmark status.

  10. Encourage participation by philanthropic preservation non-profits (501c3) to raise private funding for worthy preservation projects.

There is still time to fix all that is wrong with the current system AND the proposed new draft ordinance.   We need your help and your voice at the City Council meeting on March 5th!




 

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