The Heritage Committee and those who own buildings they think are worth preserving can learn how historical integrity is assessed and what perks make preservation worthwhile at two separate workshops next month.
On June 2, the city will host a California Preservation Foundation workshop on identifying and assessing the significance of a property. Then on June 16, the committee will host a free workshop on the state Mills Act, which grants incentives such as reduced property taxes and reductions in required parking, waived fees and deviations from the zoning code when remodeling. One of the speakers will be from Galvan Preservation, the consulting firm hired by the city to process applications for the agreements with the state.
"I think the workshops will clarify some issues that face the committee and the City Council," said committee member Molly Bing. "We make recommendations, but the council has overturned us on some projects that we felt very strongly about."