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City Council Memorandum <br />TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL DATE: January 27, 2009 <br />FROM: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ITEM NO: 15 <br />PLANNING DIVISION <br />WARDS: ALL <br />SUBJECT: HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM - UPDATE <br />ISSUE: <br />A presentation to the City Council regarding the status of the Historic Preservation Program with an <br />update on existing and proposed historic districts and outreach efforts. <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />That the City Council receive and file this report. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />The City of Riverside is home to 16 designated Historic Districts and Neighborhood Conservation <br />Areas (see attached map). The range of district types varies, from the Wood Streets, known as a <br />remarkable collection of single family craftsman homes, to Heritage Square, the best collection of <br />Victorian homes, to the recently designated Palm Heights, an eclectic collection of period revival <br />homes, primarily Tudor revival in style. <br />There are many benefits to homeowners in a Historic District or Neighborhood Conservation Area. <br />Creating a District can establish neighborhood pride and create a sense of community and identity. <br />Property owners within the Evergreen Historic District, for instance, sought out designation just for <br />this purpose. Identification of contributors within a District leads to long term retention of character <br />of both individual buildings and the neighborhoods as a whole, typical reasons that residents buy <br />and relocate to historic districts and neighborhoods like the Wood Streets. Because the Wood <br />Streets has been designated since the early 1980s, the character has been well preserved, which <br />makes the Wood Streets a very desirable place to live as well as maintaining higher property <br />values. And lastly, District designation creates a process for approving modifications and verifying <br />that they comply with local guidelines and the Cultural Resources Ordinance. This process assures <br />the preservation of the District for the future and was something residents of Palm Heights were <br />seeking so that there was not a continual degradation of the neighborhood by inappropriate use of <br />materials and modifications. <br />15-1 <br />