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City's on the hunt for historic homes

Posted: October 14, 2008 9:40 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
The Santa Clarita City Council moved ahead on a plan to preserve local historic sites, voting unanimously Tuesday night to hire a consulting firm to conduct a survey.

The vote green-lights Historic Preservation Consulting Services to conduct a records search of properties within city limits, conduct a survey of historic properties and draft a historic preservation ordinance.

The city's contract with the firm is worth $42,550. In September council members approved temporary measures to protect identified and potential historic resources in the city.

The council's vote pleased members of the SCV Historical Society.

"This a really the first step in something that the Historical Society has wanted since the city was formed,"

Pat Saletore, executive director of the SCV Historical Society, said before the meeting.

No members of the public spoke against the study Tuesday, but some homeowners in the past expressed concern about the implications of a historic preservation ordinance on their aging homes.

Under the proposal, residents living in a historic building would be required to request a city-issued permit to make any modifications to the home.

Saletore said historically designated buildings create tax benefits for the city and serve as a "point of pride" for the community.

She hopes the Historical Society will be involved in the firm's research.

"The problem here is that something doesn't have to be old to have significance," she said.

The firm is expected to check historic properties using statewide criteria, along with recommendations from the General Plan and the Newhall Specific Plan's environmental impact report.

Historical hot spots like the Queen of Angels Church and Newhall Ice Company are listed as proposed properties.

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