The Historic Preservation Commission develops and implements the City Historic Preservation Program under the direction of the City Council, and advises the Council on the responsibilities of being a Certified Local Government and other matters relating to Historic Preservation.  Areas of jurisdiction include:

  • Maintaining and updating the Escondido Historical Sites Survey
  • Recommending and maintaining a program of economic and other incentives
  • Reviewing and commenting on applications for local register or landmark designations, Mills Act contracts, major projects involving historic resources or historic districts, and for the demolition of significant historic resources
  • Conducting public information, educational, and interpretive programs pertaining to historic resources

( List of board members )

Seven members from the community who represent a variety of perspectives related to historic preservation including:

  • Professionals in the fields of American studies, anthropology, cultural geography, architecture or other historic preservation related disciplines (a majority should serve on the commission or to the extent these professionals are available in the community)
  • Historians (a minimum of one)
  • A member of the Escondido History Center historical society (minimum of one)

Also considered desirable are:

  • Owners of historic structures
  • A representative from any formally approved Historic District

NOTE: A resume must be submitted with all applications.

Meeting Schedule: Third Thursday of every other month, 3 p.m.
Length of Term: Four years
Responsible Department: Community Development Department, Planning Division
Qualifications/Conditions:      Must reside within the geographic boundaries of the General Plan
Compensation: None
Financial Disclosure: Must submit conflict of interest statements

City staff provides an initial orientation and ethics training in accordance with state law. Maintaining the designation as a Certified Local Government requires continuing education annually.







Contact Information

The Planning Division is the coordinating division for the Historic Preservation Commission. For information, call 760-839-4671, or contact Adam Finestone, Principal Planner.

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