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Creating a Historic Preservation Commission
City of San Francisco
Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 183,372 / 55.64% Yes votes ...... 146,194 / 44.36% No votes
Index of all Propositions
|Results as of Jan 24 10:41am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (580/580)|
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Shall the City establish a seven-member Historic Preservation Commission and give it authority over historic preservation-related decisions in the City?
The proposed measure would replace the current nine-member Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board with a seven-member Historic Preservation Commission. The amendment would generally transfer to the Commission existing functions from the current Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, and would confer additional authority to make recommendations directly to the Board of Supervisors, bypassing the Planning Commission, on the designation of landmark buildings, historic districts, and significant buildings. The proposed measure would provide that certain certificates of appropriateness that cannot currently be appealed could be appealed to the Board of Supervisors, which will require the Board of Supervisors to establish some new procedures.
The seven members of the Historic Preservation Commission would be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the Board of Supervisors. Six members would be required to have professional backgrounds in planning, architecture, historical conservation and related fields. The existing Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board is currently staffed with two full time employees. The amendment specifies that the budget and employees for the Historic Preservation Commission would remain under the City Planning Department.
League of Women Voters
|Arguments For Proposition J|
HELP PRESERVE OUR WORLD-CLASS CITY. VOTE YES
As one of the world's most-beloved historic cities, it's time for San Franciscans to adopt world-class best practices that have protected the history and vitality of other great American cities. + that's why we need Proposition J.
ADOPTS BEST PRACTICES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY
San Francisco's preservation apparatus is more than forty years old, and needs serious reform. The body currently charged with preserving historic buildings has no final decision-making authority.
Proposition J adopts best practices and national standards of historic cities around the country + including New York, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia + that have independent preservation commissions with jurisdiction over historic buildings and neighborhoods.
STREAMLINES PERMITTING AND IMPROVES EFFICIENCY
Proposition J streamlines the review of applications for changes to historic resources and helps prevent the demolition of the landmark buildings and neighborhood character that make San Francisco unique.
Proposition J was drafted collaboratively with the City's Planning Department, Mayor's Office, Landmarks Board, and the California Office of Historic Preservation. The result is a good government measure that provides clear guidance to homeowners, architects, and builders, and gives city staff the best tools available to make sound decisions about our historic buildings and neighborhoods.
PROMOTES ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Improving San Francisco's preservation efforts will also help the City meet its environmental goals. Supporting the preservation of existing historic structures conserves resources and prevents demolition debris from ending up in California landfills. Construction and demolition waste can comprise up to thirty percent of landfill content.
IT'S TIME FOR PROPOSITION J
It's time we bring San Francisco in line with other great cities by reforming the permitting process for historic buildings and giving an independent commission a voice on preservation issues.
San Francisco Architectural Heritage
(No arguments against Proposition J were submitted)