Coronado Historic Context & Survey

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Historic Preservation Program staff is currently working remotely due to COVID-19. Please email Tricia Olsen for instructions on how to submit applications for Historic Preservation Program reviews during this time, or for information on the City's Historic Context Statement and Survey Project.

Coronado Historic Context Statement & Survey

Historic Context Statements and Surveys are planning tools for understanding, identifying, evaluating, and protecting the City's historical resources. Context Statements provide the foundation for successful survey work. They provide an analytical framework for identifying and evaluating resources by explaining the broad patterns of historical development of a community that are represented by the physical development and character of the built environment.

Historic Surveys are intended to identify potentially significant properties, provide information needed to make informed planning decisions, prioritize preservation goals and objectives, and increase the public's understanding of and appreciation for the built environment. Conducting a Survey involves archival research, development of a historic context, field survey, and recording of information.

The goal of the City of Coronado's Historic Context Statement and Survey project is to develop these tools for use in the City's Historic Preservation Program. Currently, the Coronado Municipal Code requires any structure in the City that is 75 or more years old to be reviewed for historic significance as a Historic Resource, prior to demolition of any original features that are visible from the street right-of-way. This essentially results in any structure that is 75 or more years old being considered "potentially historic" and results in confusion regarding what type of development is allowed. Upon adoption of the completed Historic Context Statement and Survey, the number of "potentially historic" properties in the City would be narrowed down to only those properties identified in the Survey, providing clarity to the public and more certainty regarding whether a property may qualify as a Historic Resource.

The City has contracted with DUDEK to complete the Historic Context Statement and Survey project. It is estimated that this project may take between 12 to 18 months to complete. Throughout that time frame, this webpage will be used to provide updates on the status of the Historic Context Statement and Survey project.

You can view an informational flyer with Frequently Asked Questions about the project (PDF).

And, if you missed the Historic Context Statement and Survey Kick-Off meeting on September 12, 2019, you can view the presentation that was given at the meeting.