Historical Conservation


General Plan's Conservation Element - Historical and Cultural Resources

The Conservation Element of the City of Placentia's General Plan provides an overview of Historic and Cultural resources located in the City of Placentia within Section 5.9 of the document. Placentia has a rich and diverse heritage that is characterized by buildings, artifacts of historical significance and cultural traditions. Information about the historical resources of the City, including goals and policies that are aimed toward the preservation of the city's vital and important resources may be found by clicking on the hyperlink below.

Conservation Element

Historical Survey

A historic resources survey is a type of project that the City may conduct to identify and evaluate historic resources within a particular geographic area or based on a particular type of resource (i.e. multifamily housing, specific architectural styles, etc.). Historic resources include buildings, districts, structures (e.g., bridges), objects (e.g., signs and street lights), and sites (e.g., historic parks).

A historic resource may be of significance in American history, prehistory, architecture, engineering, or culture—and may be nationally significant or significant to the state, region, or local community.

If a property is included in a historic resources survey, a preliminary determination has been made as to its historic significance; however, review procedures for demolitions or alterations follow similar procedures as potentially significant properties that have not been included in a historic resources survey. Survey findings inform long-range planning efforts and project reviews, support policy goals, and help City officials, property owners and others make informed planning and land use decisions.

To determine if your property has been included in a historic resources survey, you can search the city’s online database of historic resources. If your property is listed in the database and you would like to know whether it has been determined to be historically significant or for more information regarding historic preservation, contact the City's Development Services Departments' Planning Division at DSD@placentia.org or 714-993-8124.

Benefits of a Historical Survey

Here is a summary of the key benefits of a historical survey:

  1. Preservation of Cultural Heritage:
    • Identifies and documents historical buildings, structures, landscapes, and artifacts.
    • Facilitates the preservation of culturally significant sites for future generations.
  2. Documentation and Record Keeping:
    • Creates a comprehensive inventory of historical resources with detailed documentation.
    • Establishes a record of the historical context, architecture, and cultural significance of each resource.
  3. Urban Planning and Development:
    • Informs land-use planning by identifying areas with historical importance.
    • Enables informed decision-making regarding development to balance preservation and growth.
  4. Community Identity and Sense of Place:
    • Enhances community pride and identity by recognizing and celebrating local history.
    • Fosters a sense of place and connection to the past for residents.
  5. Educational Opportunities:
    • Provides educational materials for schools, universities, and the broader community.
    • Encourages the integration of local history into curricula and public programs.
  6. Heritage Tourism and Economic Development:
    • Attracts heritage tourism, benefiting local economies.
    • Historic sites and landmarks become potential attractions for tourists and visitors.
  7. Grant Opportunities and Funding:
    • Facilitates access to grants and funding for the preservation of historical resources.
    • Supports restoration and rehabilitation efforts through financial assistance.
  8. Legal Protections and Regulatory Compliance:
    • Helps establish legal protections for historically significant sites.
    • Ensures compliance with preservation regulations and guidelines.
  9. Environmental Impact Assessment:
    • Assesses the impact of development projects on historical resources.
    • Promotes sustainable development practices that consider cultural heritage.
  10. Public Engagement and Participation:
    • Involves the community in the identification and assessment process.
    • Encourages public awareness, participation, and advocacy for historic preservation.

In summary, a historical resources survey plays a crucial role in safeguarding the rich tapestry of a community's history, contributing to its cultural vibrancy, and ensuring that future generations can appreciate and learn from the past.