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Environmental Review

Last modified: 3/6/2013 3:10 PM

For environmental review purposes under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the screening of all demolition permit applications is required to identify designated historic properties, and properties with potential historic significance. This is done through the submittal of the Identification of Properties for Potential Historic Significance forms and the assessment of historic significance by staff or in some cases, a qualified consultant.

Process

1. Applicants must submit to the Building Inspection counter:

 

2. If the property is not listed in the Santa Clara County Heritage Resource Inventory (Inventory) and the property is less than 50 years old (please note that the 50-year age reference is a discretionary guideline; there are circumstances where a property less than 50 years old may be potentially significant), no further historical review will be required.

 

3. If the property is 50 years or older (please note that the 50-year age reference is a discretionary guideline), the applicant must also submit:

 

4. If the property is not a designated historic property and is not listed in the Inventory:

  • It may be determined that the subject structure and/or associated feature does not meet the threshold of significance according to CEQA. The demolition permit will require no further historical review; or
  • It may be determined that the subject structure and/or associated feature does potentially meet the threshold of significance according to CEQA. The applicant will be required to retain a qualified consultant to prepare State Historic Resource Inventory forms or an historic report.
    • If the consultant determines the property does not meet the threshold of significance according to CEQA and staff concurs, the applicant will be required to apply for a Petition from Exemption for Environmental Review (Categorical Exemption) and to pay the appropriate fee. The demolition permit will require no further historical review.
    • If the consultant determines the property does meet the threshold of significance according to CEQA and staff concurs, the applicant will be required to apply for environmental clearance and pay the environmental assessment initial fee. The HHC will review and comment on the assessment at a regular public meeting. The Board of Supervisors will consider the CEQA documentation and the HHC's comments at a public hearing and take action on the request. The applicant may be required to comply with mitigation measures to avoid or reduce the effects of the proposed project.
  • If the property is a designated historic property and/or is listed in the Inventory, the applicant will be required to apply for environmental clearance and pay the environmental assessment initial fee. The HHC will review and comment on the assessment at a regular public meeting and forward a written recommendation to the Board of Supervisors within 45 days of the date which the application was referred to the HHC. The Board of Supervisors will consider the CEQA documentation and the HHC's comments at a public hearing. If the Board of Supervisors determines that there is no feasible alternative to demolition, then the issuance of a demolition permit may be deferred for up to 180 days from the initial date of application.

 

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