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City may identify historic locations

Move would be precursor to historic preservation rule

Posted: October 12, 2008 5:01 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Santa Clarita city officials are looking to move forward with creating a more comprehensive list of historic sites throughout the city to protect Santa Clarita’s oldest relics.

The City Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to award a contract to a historic preservation consulting firm that would survey Santa Clarita homes, businesses and public places to identify historic sites.

The City Council voted in September to adopt a temporary measure to protect identified and potential historic resources to give city staff time to develop a more permanent, comprehensive survey.

The temporary ordinance requires property owners to get a city-issued permit before remodeling or making any other major changes to one of the more than 60 structures identified as historic. Sites include the Pardee House, the Saugus Train Station and the old jailhouse in Newhall.

If the council approves the contract Tuesday, consulting firm Historic Resources Group would evaluate historic properties with the state of California’s registry criteria, said Armine Chaparyan, city redevelopment manager.
“We’re not creating a whole new set of criteria,” she said.

The firm would also take into account the buildings that were previously identified as historic by the Newhall Specific Plan’s environmental impact report and the city’s General Plan.

A second part involves searching citywide records to search for any more potential resources, she said.

After all the research, the council would make a decision on which properties to make “local points of historic interest,” Chaparyan said.


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