Florence-Firestone Historic Resources Survey

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FAQ

What is the process to develop a Historic Resources Survey?

The process begins with a public meeting to introduce the public to the project and to collect relevant historical information for the community. The public information is then used to supplement archival research conducted by historians. The historical data is then used to develop the Historic Context Statement (HCS). The HCS provides the background information necessary for the Historic Resources Survey (Survey) by documenting the community’s land development history and identifying important themes, property types, architectural trends, patterns of development, community groups, significant events, and people that are associated with that history. Once completed, the Survey and HCS will be presented at a public meeting for review.

What is a Historic Context Statement?

The HCS is a narrative document that will document the community’s land development history and identify important themes, property types, architectural trends, patterns of development, community groups, significant events, and people that are associated with that history. The document will connect this history to existing places within the community. This may include buildings, such as the homes of important community figures or great examples of architectural styles. It may also include sites of important events, such as parade routes. Public art, including folk art and community murals, may also reflect important aspects of the community’s history.

What is a Historic Resources Survey?

The Survey will identify historic resources that are eligible for listing on the National, State and County historic registers. The goal of the project is to develop Metro Area Plan policies and implementation programs that promote the preservation of important cultural and historic resources, and to identify priority historic resources for nomination in the community of Florence-Firestone.

How will the Survey be used?

The goal of the project is to develop Metro Area Plan policies and implementation programs that promote the preservation of important cultural and historic resources, and to identify priority historic resources for nomination in the community of Florence-Firestone. Such implementation programs that include but are not limited to future surveys, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) projects, and historic resource assessments. 

Will my property be designated as a result of the project?

No. This project will identify a property that may be eligible to be nominated by property owners, the public or the County.

Which properties will be surveyed as part of the project?

All properties 45 years and older (built in 1977 or earlier) will be included in the survey, with the exception of federally owned property.

Can I opt out of the survey?

No. The survey is conducted from the public right-of-way and does not require access to private property or advanced coordination with property owners or residents.

How is a property determined eligible for designation?

To be eligible for designation, a property generally must be associated with a historically significant event, person or architectural style and have sufficient historical integrity, the ability of a property to convey its historical significance. The HCS organizes historically significant people, events and architectural styles into themes and subthemes, each having registration requirements or designation eligibility criteria. Through field inspection, research and application of the registration requirements, the survey team determines if property is eligible for designation.   

What is the estimated schedule for this project?

Research and community engagement activities are currently underway. A public meeting for this project was scheduled for February 3rd at 5 pm. If you were unable to participate in this meeting, you can view a recording here. The completed Survey Report is expected to be presented at a public meeting in August. Additional details about public meetings will be available on the project website.

How can I get involved?

Attend the public meetings, participate in the stakeholder group, submit historical information such as, historic photographs, to MetroAreaPlan@dudek.com by February 25, 2022.

Historic Resources Mapping Tool

We are asking for your input on locations within one of the seven MAP communities that represent historically important resources. Please see the Metro Area Plan Historic Resources Mapping Tool by clicking the button below.

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