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August 27, 2022



This is what I'm talking about--"confusion" about historic status, difficulty in getting it at a level that a Planning Commission or City Council will agree with.........


The (San Mateo) Planning Commission was concerned that eligible historical buildings were included in the ordinance instead of just approved ones, citing potential misappropriation to prevent SB 9 developments. SB 9 does not apply to historic properties and could be used to ensure specific historical neighborhoods remain the same. The ordinance addresses different historic property preservation definitions in the city’s municipal code and the general plan, leading to confusion in past development proposals. Under the ordinance, historic buildings are eligible on the National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, the Downtown Historic District contributor buildings, or documented in a historic resources report. The municipal code did not include provisions for buildings identified through a historic resources report. While the city determines eligibility, it is creating guidelines so outside consultants can produce their documents to be peer-reviewed by staff.

Commissioner Seema Patel said it could lead to someone obtaining a historical report from anyone that prevents a property owner from using SB 9.
Hat-tip to Santayana: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to scrape it.”


Great article. Our house was built in 1904, making it a rare pre-quake home and the earliest on our block from the research we have done.On 3 occasions a former resident stopped by to say hello. I was at work all three times, but my wife and daughter gleaned some good information. The most interesting was the former owner and retired Pan Am mechanic who lived here in the mid 1950's to 1970's. He was one of few who lived in this neighborhood when a working person could afford to live here. The window at the top of our garage is from an old DC-3! We have loved this house for 28 years and are proud to be part of its history.

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