Ordinances and Municipal Code Chapters
Glendale has adopted local laws to help protect historic properties. The Historic Preservation Ordinance governs only those properties officially on the Glendale Register. It also contains the eligibility criteria, incentives, designation process, design review process, de-listing process, and duty to maintain. The Historic District Overlay Ordinance provides the procedures for adoption and design review in official Historic Districts designated at the local, State and Federal levels. The Demolition Review Ordinance applies to proposed demolitions of properties over 30 years old that are not part of a development project (i.e. demolition to create a vacant lot or parking lot) and allows the Community Development Department to determine if further review is necessary before demolition. The role and duties of the Historic Preservation Commission are laid out in Chapter 2.76 of the Glendale Municipal Code.
Community Plan Historic Contexts
Historic contexts provide information about the city's history and how it relates to existing properties on the ground, some of which may be of historic interest. Contexts tell us about how different parts of the city have grown and changed over the years and offer a framework for assessing the potential historic significance of individual properties. Glendale is in the middle of an ongoing program of creating Community Plans to guide future development of different portions of the city. Each plan will include a stand-alone historic context as an appendix. As of 2012, the North Glendale Historic Context, along with the Community Plan for the area, has been completed. Planning Division staff is currently working on a South Glendale Community Plan and Historic Context. Documents for other parts of the city will follow in the coming years.
North Glendale Historic Context
Preservation Element of the Glendale General Plan
California State planning law identifies general plan historic preservation elements as optional. However, Glendale adopted its first Historic Preservation Element in 1977 - one of the first local jurisdictions in the State to do so. The City's innovative approach continues as witnessed by the adoption of amendments to the Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1996 (which includes a range of incentives for owners of privately held historic resources) and the preparation of this updated Element. This Element sets policy direction and reinforces Glendale's preservation ethic.
Historic Preservation Element