Cultural Heritage Commission Agendas

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The Cultural Heritage Commission is a five member body that is advisory to the City Council on all issues relating to the identification, retention, and preservation of landmarks and historic districts. Qualifications for serving on the commission consist of an interest in and knowledge of the City's cultural heritage and being a resident elector (registered voter) of the City. Candidates may be professionals in the fields of architecture, history, planning, archaeology, or related disciplines. Members are appointed to a three-year term, with a maximum length of service of two full consecutive terms, plus one partial term (if applicable).

Meeting Information
Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

City Council Chamber
1424 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030


Staff Liaison
Kanika Kith, Interim Senior Planner
Phone: (626) 403-7228

Cultural Heritage Commission
Mark Steven Gallatin, Chair (Term ends 12/31/20)
Rebecca Thompson, Vice-Chair (Term ends 12/31/19)
William Cross, Commissioner (Term ends 12/31/19)
Kristin Morrish, Commissioner (Term ends 12/31/21)
Steven Friedman, Commissioner  

Robert S. Joe, Mayor Pro Tem, City Council Liaison

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Lead Based Paint Resource Information

Preservation Ordinance

Citywide Historic Context Statement

The Citywide Historic Context Statement is a document that identifies all of the important historical development patterns, events, and people associated with South Pasadena’s distinct neighborhoods and historic districts. It identifies property types, their associated character-defining features, and location patterns from Town Settlement (1873-1899) to the mid-century modern era (1945 to 1963).

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

A Certificate of Appropriateness (C of A) is required for all proposed exterior alterations, new construction, and demolition that affect properties listed on the Inventory of Historic Resources. Painting and routine maintenance are exempt from a C of A. The C of A process involves a presentation to the Cultural Heritage Commission at a public hearing. The Cultural Heritage Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month. A C of A application needs to be deemed complete one month before the meeting.

Mills Act Application

A Mills Act contract is an agreement between the City of South Pasadena and a property owner. A Mills Act contract allows a tax reduction for a property owner who agrees to perform certain restoration and maintenance tasks over a ten-year period. Eligible properties include: those designated as a landmark, a property located within a historic district, or a property on the California Register.

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