Meets: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 11 English Street, Petaluma.
The Historic and Cultural Preservation Committee is composed of five voting members, as follows: The Petaluma Museum Association/Heritage Homes & Landmarks of Petaluma Committee may recommend appointment of one member to the City Council. All five members shall be residents of Petaluma and have demonstrated interest, competence, or knowledge in historic preservation. To the extent available in the City, at least two members shall be appointed from among professionals in the disciplines of architectural history, history, architecture, pre-historic and historic archeology, folklore, cultural anthropology, curation, conservation, landscape architecture, or related professions. The member recommended by the Petaluma Museum Association/Heritage Homes & Landmarks of Petaluma Committee serves a one-year term; members chosen from the community serve four-year terms.
Duties and powers of the committee are as follows:
- To promote preservation of historic sites, landmarks, documents, paintings and objects associated with the City of Petaluma.
- To recommend to the Planning Commission that certain historic sites and landmarks be designated and/or acquired by the City.
- To administer the committee’s responsibilities as denoted by the zoning ordinance of the City of Petaluma.
- To advise the City Council on the administration of historic sites and landmarks as may be acquired by the City of Petaluma.
- To advise the City Council on the acceptance of gifts consisting of documents, paintings and other objects of historic value, as well as money when the same if given to be used for the acquisition of property, real or personal, of historic interest, except for the donations, purchases and acceptance of gifts for the Petaluma Museum.
- Recommend to the City Council the documents, paintings and objects of historic value associated with the history of the City, to be acquired by the City, except for the donations, purchases, and acceptance of gifts for the Petaluma Museum.
- To advise the City Council on all matters relating to the historic and cultural preservation of the City, in particular state and federal designations and registration of historic landmarks.
- To annually submit to the Planning Commission a report of its activities in the preceding year.
- Authority specifically as outlined in Section 15.020 of the Implementing Zoning Ordinance.