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Historic Context Statement (HCS) Funding

On May 10, 2022, the City Council unanimously referred a budget referral request (document by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to Mayor Jesse Arreguín to fund a city-wide historic context statement. At this time, the mayor has identified the request as Tier 3 which includes items deemed to be Non-Urgent Operational Needs.

If any of the benefits (at right) of a historic context statement appeal to you as a Berkeley or Bay Area resident, I encourage you to contact the mayor's office at:

Phone: (510) 981-7100

HCS Benefits
  • Centralizes decades of piecemeal resources into a current policy document

  • Informs developers about historic resources in advanced and not after a proposed project is submitted, thereby streamlining housing production 

  • Eliminates the cost of HREs for individual property owners

  • Provides transparency on which properties should and should not be designated as city landmarks.

  • Conforms to standard practice and responsibility as a California Certified Local Governments (CLG)(webpage link)

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