Residential Historic Districts

The City Council established Residential Historical Districts in 1981 upon the adoption of Ordinance 1280. The non-contiguous historical districts include four areas within the City:

  • Spring Street - Coloma Street
  • Bedford Avenue - Clay Street
  • Cedar Ravine
  • Sacramento Street - Chamberlain Street

District locations are shown on the  Residential Historical District Maps  (PDF 1.49 MB).

Significant examples of local architecture can be found within the district. They are part of the City's most important cultural and historical heritage, contributing to the City's character and quality of life. They also bring visitors to the area.
Current and future residents of the historic district are encouraged to improve their properties through renovation, rehabilitation, and repair that is consistent with the historic, architectural and aesthetic character of the neighborhood, as well as the regulations set forth in the Zoning Ordinance,  Historic Buildings In The City (Zoning Ordinance Section 10-4-10).pdf , and the  Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating  Historical Buildings .

In addition, the National Park Service has created  Rehab Yes/No , an on-line tutorial addressing basic issues that frequently arise during rehabilitation. For further reading, the National Park Service also has available, free of charge, a series of  Preservation Briefs  that are designed as basic "how to" guides written by field experts. These resources along with the Secretary of Interior Standards will help you prepare and plan for beginning a remodeling project on a historic structure, and/or for those structures located within a residential historical district.

If you are planning a remodeling project that will affect the exterior of a historic structure, or a structure within a residential historic district, your project may involve Historic District Review as part of the review and approval process. Applications and fees for Historic District Review may be found on the Planning Division's Fees, Applications and Processes webpage that can be accessed  here . Please contact the Community Development and Engineering Department - Planning Division for more information.