Chapter 2.58


2.58.010    Established—Statutory authority.

2.58.020    Membership.

2.58.030    Term of office.

2.58.040    Organization and procedures.

2.58.050    Powers and duties.

    Prior legislation: Ords. 2486, 3416 and 3455; prior code §§ 3.48.010—3.48.050.

2.58.010 Established—Statutory authority.

The Historic Resources Commission is established under the authority of Government Code Section 31000.1, and in compliance with SCCC 2.38.060. [Ord. 5278 § 17, 2018; Ord. 3888 § 1, 1988].

2.58.020 Membership.

The Historic Resources Commission shall consist of five members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and who are residents of the County. Each Supervisor shall nominate one person who may reside within the Supervisor’s district to serve on the Commission. Commission members shall be appointed from among professionals in the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology, or other historic preservation-related disciplines, such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, cultural geography or cultural anthropology, to the extent that such professionals are available in the community. Commission membership may also include lay members who have demonstrated special interest, competence, experience or knowledge in historic preservation, American studies, cultural anthropology, cultural geography or other historic preservation-related disciplines. A reasonable effort shall be made to fill positions on the commission with professional and lay members as highly qualified as possible. [Ord. 3888 § 1, 1988].

2.58.030 Term of office.

Each member shall serve for a term of four years, commencing on April 1st of the year in which the member’s nominating Supervisor begins a full term. [Ord. 3888 § 1, 1988].

2.58.040 Organization and procedures.

(A)    General Organization. The Commission may establish its own rules and procedures, which shall comply in all respects with the provisions of Chapter 2.38 SCCC.

(B)    Staff Support. The Planning Department shall provide staff support for the Commission. The Planning Director or the Director’s designee shall serve as Administrative Secretary to the Commission, and shall be responsible for preparing all minutes and staff reports and transmitting Commission recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. The staff of the Planning Department shall assist the Commission in discharging its duties with respect to the preparation and administration of historic resource policies, programs and regulations. [Ord. 5278 § 17, 2018; Ord. 3888 § 1, 1988].

2.58.050 Powers and duties.

The powers and duties of the Historic Resources Commission shall be to:

(A)    Formulate and recommend for adoption to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors a historic preservation element for the County’s General Plan, as permitted by Section 65303 of the California Government Code, and review such element from time to time and recommend appropriate additions or revisions;

(B)    Implement the General Plan historic resources policies and programs;

(C)    Implement the provisions of Chapter 16.42 SCCC, Historic Preservation, including the review and approval of historic resource preservation plans for the protection, enhancement and preservation of identified historic resources;

(D)    Conduct studies to identify and evaluate historic structures, objects, sites and districts worthy of preservation, and recommend properties to be included in the Santa Cruz County Inventory of Historic Resources;

(E)    Advise and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the promotion and development of a County historic resource preservation program and review other matters relating to the preservation of the historic resources of the County;

(F)    Advise members of the public regarding resource preservation issues and respond to public requests to review and comment on projects affecting historic resources;

(G)    Promote a public education program to encourage community awareness and participation in the efforts to preserve and appreciate the historic resources of the County;

(H)    Advise and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on matters pertaining to the conservation and disposition of documents and records possessing historic significance that are in the custody of the County;

(I)    Advise and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors with respect to all matters pertaining to the establishment or continuance of historical property contracts, pursuant to Government Code Section 50280, et seq.;

(J)    Carry out any other functions relating to historic preservation which may be specified by other provisions of this code, or by resolution or order of the Board of Supervisors. [Ord. 5278 § 17, 2018; Ord. 3888 § 1, 1988].