Monrovia’s historic homes protection plan moves forward

Monrovia’s historic homes protection plan moves forward

The City Council will consider a plan designed to protect historic homes in Monrovia, after the Planning Commission approved a rule that will require a review on planned demolitions of homes built in 1966 or sooner.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission will discuss this matter on Thursday, and the City Council will consider it in September. The city previously protected residential buildings erected before 1940 and declared historic.

If the proposed ordinance goes into effect, buildings scheduled for demolition will be subject to seven criteria to determine their historical significance. A building that has one of the seven elements cannot be automatically torn down, officials said.

The proposed mechanism for implementation would require a Planning investigation and a ruling from the Historic Preservation Commission make the call, according to Monrovia Director of Community Development Craig Jimenez.

City staff has worked since last year on a comprehensive overhaul of the Monrovia Municipal Code where it pertains to development and demolition. Jimenez said that the process is all about asking the right questions.

“How do we maintain the character of Monrovia?” Jimenez said. “What does neighborhood compatibility look like?”

Jimenez says that the next step in reviewing the code will feature an updated design review process.

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