Historic Preservation Planning

Welcome! The City of San Diego recognizes the benefits of historical resource preservation to the community as well as to individual property owners. Preservation efforts stabilize neighborhoods, promote cultural heritage tourism, and contribute to a vibrant, diverse and dynamic urban landscape, among other benefits.

 

Historic Preservation Program Structure

The City’s historic preservation program is cooperatively managed by the Planning Department, which is responsible for the City’s long-range planning efforts and the development of new ordinance and regulations; and the Development Services Department, which is responsible for implementing those policies and regulations through permitting and enforcement. Each department oversees different aspects of the City’s historic preservation program in accordance with their respective department mission. Staff in both departments work closely together, ensuring coordination and consistency across the City’s historic preservation program.

The Development Services Department’s Historical Resources section is responsible for:

  • Review of projects impacting designated and potential historic resources;
  • Designation of individually significant historic resources;
  • The City’s Mills Act program; and
  • Staffing the City’s Historical Resources Board and its subcommittees.

For information on these aspects of the City’s program, please refer to the Development Services Department’s Historical Resources webpage: www.sandiego.gov/historic.

The Planning Department’s Historic Preservation Planning section is responsible for:

  • Development of long-range planning policies and implementing regulations;
  • Development of new historic contexts and surveys; and
  • Designation of new historic districts.

 

Historic Preservation Planning Section Program Components

Explore and learn more about the various components of the Historic Preservation Planning Section's work program.

 

Long-Range Planning Efforts

The Historic Preservation Planning section is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the Historic Preservation Element of all long-range planning documents. This includes the City’s General Plan and more than 50 Community Plans. Read more about the Historic Preservation Planning section's work on long-range planning efforts.

 

Historic Preservation Regulations and Ordinances

The Historic Preservation Planning section is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of all regulations and ordinances related to the identification and preservation of historical and cultural resources. This includes the Historical Resources Regulations of the Land Development Code, as well as the Historical Resources Guidelines of the Land Development Manual and its associated appendices. Read more about the Historic Preservation Planning section's work on regulations and ordinances.

 

Historic Context Statements and Historic Surveys

The Historic Preservation Planning section is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of all historic context statements and historic resource reconnaissance surveys. Read more about the Historic Preservation Planning section's work on historic context statements and surveys.

 

Designation of New Historic Districts

The Historic Preservation Planning section is responsible for the identification and designation of new historic districts throughout the City. Read more about the Historic Preservation Planning section’s work on the designation of new historic districts.

 

Do you have questions about the work of Historic Preservation Planning section? Please contact us at [email protected]