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Saturday, February 2, 2008

LA OFFICE OF HISTORIC RESOURCES SEEKS INPUT

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission Seeks Your Input on City's Preservation Ordinance
The Office of Historic Resources and the Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) invite you to participate in a special Commission policy workshop on February 7, 2008 - a meeting that will provide the first public forum to discuss a significant overhaul of the City's historic preservation ordinance.

The staff of the Office of Historic Resources is proposing important changes aimed at strengthening demolition review procedures, clarifying criteria for historic designation, and enhancing notification of private property owners. The City of Los Angeles' Cultural Heritage Ordinance, originally approved by the City Council in 1962, created the procedures for the designation and protection of significant Los Angeles buildings and sites a Historic-Cultural Monuments. While the Ordinance has undergone several minor, procedural modifications, it has never been comprehensively updated to give our City a state-of-the-art historic preservation program.

OHR staff has conducted considerable research on other cities' ordinances and has utilized guidance publications from the State Office of Historic Preservation to propose ordinance language that reflects "best practices" nationally.

The Cultural Heritage Commission has scheduled an initial public workshop on these ordinance amendments for
February 7, 2008, 10:00 a.m. in Room 1010 of City Hall (200 N. Spring St., in downtown Los Angeles). This meeting will
also include a presentation on the Office of Historic Resources' work program for 2008, and an update on SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey. The commission also welcomes your written comments and suggestions on these proposals in the coming weeks as the OHR and Commission finalize a draft ordinance for submission to the City Council later this year.

To review a summary of the ordinance recommendations under review by the Commission, please go to:
http://www.preservationla.org/files/Ordinance%20Update%20Summary%202-07-08.p

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