Commission to focus on ‘implementation issues’ with recent amendments to Historic Preservation Ordinance – Pasadena Now



The Historic Preservation Commission is expected to discuss on Tuesday amendments to the revised Historic Preservation Ordinance (HPO) which came into effect earlier this year.

Start of the meeting at 4.30 p.m.

The revised ordinance, which came into effect in April, requires a Historic Resources Assessment (HRE) when a demolition or major project affecting a building 45 years of age or older is proposed.

Prior to the implementation of the HPO, eligible iconic neighborhoods were identified without a defined process, usually at the request of an owner.

As a result of the EDH process, the city is now required to assess whether a building qualifies for an individual historic designation or designation as a structure contributing to an eligible monument or historic district.

In their report, city staff listed the issues and concerns related to the implementation of the amended OPP.

“As a result of recent changes, the City is now imposing these bylaws on landowners who may not want them imposed on them,” the report says.

Staff also said that due to the likelihood of opposition from at least one landowner in a newly identified historic district, it is highly likely that most historic district eligibility decisions will be subject to review. ‘an appeal, which could lead to increased public animosity towards the city’s historic district. preservation efforts.

Staff also expressed concerns about EDH’s requirement for routine window replacement projects.

In their report, staff recommended adopting a series of clean-up amendments to bring the district’s historic process back to a “neighborhood-driven process”.

Specifically, staff recommend removing the eligibility assessment of a new monument or historic district from EDH’s requirement and limiting individual eligibility only, and specifying window replacement as a minor project, unless two or more changes to the original window design are proposed.

Since the HPO changes came into effect, municipal staff have processed 46 EDH requests, and 47 additional requests are currently pending.

Of the 46 completed EDHs, nine were required due to the proposed window replacement, 12 were required due to the proposed additions to the front facade, 14 were required due to the proposed major modifications to the front facades, one was required for a proposed addition on the second floor, and 10 were intended for possible demolition, according to the staff report.

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