The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) is a five-member advisory body that is appointed by the City Council to recommend measures to implement historic preservation; administer the applicable provisions of Chapter 21.32, (Historic Preservation Regulations); perform other advisory functions as delegated; and review new policies affecting historical resources in the community. As part of these duties, the HPB reviews applications affecting a historic resource (e.g., additions and alterations) and makes a recommendation to the decision making body (e.g., Community Development Director, Planning Commission, or City Council) on whether the application should be approved, approved with recommended conditions, or denied. A recommendation to deny would generally only be made when an applicant does not agree to the recommended conditions of approval.
What can I expect at a Historic Preservation Board (HPB) Meeting?
Only matters posted on the agenda can be heard. The procedure for public hearings is as follows:
Staff will provide a description of the agenda item.
HPB members may ask questions of staff regarding the agenda item.
The Chair of the HPB will open the meeting for public comment on the agenda item.
The applicant may give a brief description of the agenda item or answer HPB questions.
Any member of the public can provide comments on the agenda item (3 minutes maximum).
After all public testimony is received, the Chair will close the open comment period and turn it over to the HPB for an open discussion (no more public comments will be taken once the comment period is closed).
The HPB will consider all related documents and testimony, discuss the agenda item, and then either make a decision/recommendation, continue the matter in order for additional information to be presented, or take the matter under advisement as applicable.