Obtain public comment on design review procedures and preferences, which will be used to help develop recommendations to the Historic Preservation Review Commission
Benicia’s Downtown Historic District encompasses the First Street commercial area and surrounding neighborhoods, which includes the former Tannery, Southern Pacific Depot, State Historic Capitol Building and numerous national and state landmarks. In total, approximately 700 properties fall within the Downtown Historic District boundary; of these, about 300 contain designated historic structures that date to the district’s “period of significance”, 1847-1940. Many other buildings constructed after 1940, while not designated as “historic”, nevertheless contribute to the overall appearance and ambience of the Historic District.
Downtown Historic District Design Guidelines
The City of Benicia is updating the Historic District Design Guidelines of the Downtown Historic Conservation Plan (1990). The design guidelines are available online at www.ci.benicia.ca.us/downtowndesign or can be viewed in hard copy at the Benicia Public Library (150 East L Street) and Benicia City Hall (250 East L Street).
Purpose of this Survey
Through this process the city is evaluating its procedures for design review, which apply to both historic and non-historic properties in the District. Design review requires a formal application and can be completed at the staff level (administrative) or by the Historic Preservation Review Commission (HPRC) depending on the nature of the proposal. The HPRC meets once per month; design review at the commission level requires a notice of public hearing and the opportunity for public comment.
The purpose of this survey is to obtain public comment on design review procedures and preferences, which will be used to help develop recommendations to the HPRC. Community members with an interest in the design guidelines and/or design review requirements are also invited to attend a public open house on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Meeting Room #2, Benicia Community Center, 370 East L Street. Comments may also be provided to Suzanne Thorsen, Principal Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org