HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

Historic Preservation Commission meets quarterly on the 1st Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers (subject to change)

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COMMISSIONERS
Alan R. Ross, Chair
Judy Jordan, Vice Chair
Negin Ghaffari
Jacques Soriano
Martha Sweeney (Calabasas Historical Society Representative)
Lynne Tracy
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STAFF
Talyn Mirzakhanian, Senior Planner

 

COMMISSION PROFILE

The Historic Preservation Commission was created under Ordinance No. 2008-241, which was adopted by the City Council on January 2, 2008. Please click here for the full text of the ordinance, including more complete information on the Commission and the Historic Preservation program. All members of the Commission should have a demonstrated interest in Calabasas’ historical, architectural and cultural heritage and have special interest, knowledge, or training in fields closely related to historic preservation. Such fields include architecture, history, landscape architecture, architectural history, planning, archaeology, urban design, geography, real estate, law, finance, building trades or related areas. Anyone interested in applying for the Historic Preservation Commission is encouraged to download and complete a Commission application found on the Commissions homepage.

The Historic Preservation Commission consists of five residents of the City of Calabasas who are appointed by the City Council for a term of 2 years and an ex-officio non-voting member who is a member of the Calabasas Historical Society. The powers and duties of the Historic Preservation Commission include the following:

Conduct a comprehensive survey of historical resources within the boundaries of the City;
Hear and decide applications for Certificates of Appropriateness and applications for Certificates of Economic Hardship;
Hear and make recommendations to the City Council regarding applications for designations of historic landmarks, landscapes and districts; applications for placement of landmarks or districts on the National Register of Historical Places or the California Register of Historical Resources; and applications for Mills Act contracts; and
Maintain a local register of designated historic landmarks, landscapes and districts.

 

Membership:

A. The commission shall consist of six (6) members. The five (5) voting members shall be lawful residents of the city and electors during their respective terms of office. The sixth member shall be an ex-officio, nonvoting member and a member of the Calabasas-Las Virgenes Historical Society and is not required to be a resident of the city. The Board of Directors of the Calabasas-Las Virgenes Historical Society shall nominate the nonvoting member, which nomination shall be subject to city council confirmation.

B. Commissioners nominated by individual city councilmembers shall have terms lasting for the lesser of two (2) years or until the expiration of the term of the councilmember who nominated him or her. The ex-officio, non-voting member shall have a term lasting two (2) years. Notwithstanding the expiration of a term, a commissioner or alternate shall continue until his or her successor has been appointed.

C. If a vacancy occurs other than by expiration of a term, a new commissioner shall be appointed in the manner set forth above and shall serve the unexpired portion of the term.

D. Required Qualifications. All members should have a demonstrated interest in Calabasas' historical, architectural and cultural heritage and have special interest, knowledge, or training in fields closely related to historic preservation. Such fields include architecture, history, landscape architecture, architectural history, planning, archaeology, urban design, geography, real estate, law, finance, building trades or related areas.

E. Desired Qualifications.

 If possible, the city council shall appoint at least two (2) members to the commission who are professionals in the fields or disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, history, architectural history, urban planning, American studies, geography, archaeology, or other historic preservation-related disciplines to the extent that such professionals are available in the community.

 

Compensation:

The commissioners shall serve without compensation, but may receive reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in connection with the performance of their duties. No expense of any kind shall be incurred by the commission or any commissioner unless first authorized and approved by the city council.

 

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