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The following are common terms used in Ontario’s Historic Preservation Program.

Glossary  

Alteration

Any exterior change or modification, through public or private action, to the character-defining or significant physical features of properties affected by this chapter. Such changes may be changes to or modification of structure, architectural details or characteristics, rock curbs, the addition of new structures, cutting or removal of trees, and the placement or removal of significant objects such as signs, plaques, light fixtures, street furniture, walls, fences, or steps, affecting the significant historical qualities of the property. If significant interior features of a property are identified at the time of designation and determined to contribute to the significance of the property, then any proposed change or modification to those features shall be covered by this ordinance.

Certificate of Appropriateness

A certificate issued by the Historic Preservation Commission approving such plans, specifications, statements of work, and any other information which are reasonably required by the Commission to make a decision on any proposed alteration, restoration, rehabilitation, construction, removal, relocation, or demolition, in whole or in part, or to a Historical Resource.

Certificate of Economic Hardship

A certificate authorizing work described in the accompanying Certificate of Appropriateness granted by the Commission because of extreme financial privation or adversity and in accordance with the procedures and findings of this ordinance.

Certified Local Government (CLG)

A local government certified under a federal program by the State Office of Historic Preservation for the purpose of more direct participation in federal and state historic preservation programs.

Contributing Resource

Any Improvement, building, structure, sign, feature, tree, or other object adding to the historical, architectural, or cultural significance of a district.

Demolition

Any act or process that destroys in part or in whole an individual Historical Resource or a structure within a Historic District.

Design Guidelines

The principles contained in a document, which illustrate appropriate and inappropriate methods of rehabilitation and construction. The purpose of using design guidelines is to aid design and decision-making with regard to retaining the integrity of scale, design, intent, materials, feelings, patterns of development, and historical character of a Historical Resource.

Designated Site

A parcel or part thereof on which an Historical Resource is situated, and any abutting parcel or part thereof constituting part of the premises on which the Historical Resource is situated, and which has been designated a Historic Landmark or District pursuant to this ordinance.

Eligible Historic Districts

Any area and neighborhood surveyed at the Intensive level in accordance with the standards set forth by the California Office of Historic Preservation, and determined to meet the designation criteria for historic districts, as set forth in Section 9-1.2615, by the Historic Preservation Subcommittee shall be determined to be Eligible Historic Districts.

Eligible Historical Resources

 

Any property listed on the City’s List of Historical Resources prior to September 1, 2003, or after September 1, 2003, surveyed at the intensive level in accordance with the standards set forth by the California Office of Historic Preservation, and determined to meet the designation criteria for historic landmarks, as set forth in Section 9-1.2615 by the Historic Preservation Subcommittee shall be determined to be Eligible Historical Resources. Eligible Historical Resources may include, but are not limited to, improvements, buildings, structures, signs, features, trees, or other objects of cultural, architectural, or historical significance.

Historical Resources Survey

A survey conducted to identify, record, and evaluate historic properties within a community, neighborhood, project area, or region.

Historical Resources Survey, Reconnaissance Level

A survey conducted to identify and record properties within a community, neighborhood, project area, or region that may be historic. A reconnaissance survey does not evaluate properties for historic significance. Reconnaissance level surveys involve the preparation of primary record forms (DPR523A) for properties within the survey area.

Historical Resources Survey, Intensive Level

 

A survey conducted to identify, record, and evaluate properties within a community, neighborhood, project area, or region. An intensive survey records properties using the primary record form (DPR523A) as well as evaluating properties for historic significance using other record forms (typically a Building Structure, and Object Record form, DPR523B). The Intensive survey will also evaluate areas and neighborhoods for historical significance using the District Record form (DPR523D).

Historic District

Any defined geographical area containing a concentration of improvements which have a special historical interest or value, which possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, or which represent one or more architectural periods or styles typical to the history of the City, and that has been designated a Historic District pursuant to this ordinance or placed on the National Register of Historic Places or California Register of Historical Resources.

Historic Landmark

Any eligible Historical Resource that has been designated pursuant to this ordinance or placed on the National Register of Historic Places or the California Register of Historical Resources. The designation shall specify the significant designation criteria that are expressly found by the Commission to meet one or more of the criteria in Section 9-1.2615.

Improvement

Any building, structure, fence, gate, tree, wall, or other specified object constituting a historical physical feature of real property, or any part of such feature.

List of Eligible Historical Resources

A list maintained by the City, which contains all properties determined to be Eligible Historical Resources and all properties within neighborhoods or areas determined to be Eligible Historic Districts.

Mills Act Contract

A property contract entered into between the City and a property owner that provides for lower property taxes in return for the rehabilitation, restoration, and preservation of a qualified historical property pursuant to California Government Code Section 50280 et. seq.

Non-contributing Resource

Any Improvement, building, structure, sign, feature, tree, or other object that does not add to the historical, architectural, or cultural significance of a district.

Object

A material thing of historical, cultural, or architectural value.

Ordinary Maintenance and Repair

Any work, for which a building permit is not required by law, where the purpose and effect of such work is to correct any deterioration of or damage to a structure or any part thereof and to restore the same, to its condition prior to the occurrence of such deterioration or damage.

Preservation

The identification, study, protection, restoration, rehabilitation, or acquisition of Historical Resources.

Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation

The guidelines prepared by the National Park Service for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings and the Standards for Historic Preservation Projects prepared by the National Park Service with Guidelines for Applying the Standards.

Significant Feature

The man-made elements embodying style or components of an improvement, including but not limited to, the kind, and texture of the building materials, and the type and style of all windows, doors, lights, signs, and other fixtures appurtenant to such improvement.

State Historic Building Code

Part 2.7 of the California Health and Safety Code, commencing with Section 18950, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, as they may be amended from time to time (Cal. Code Regs., Title 24, Part 8.).

Last updated: 11/24/2011 2:36:13 PM