Planning & Zoning – Part 1: The Importance of Community-Driven Context Statements

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This presentation will focus on the what, why and how of community driven context statements. Context statements are developed in order to understand and determine historic significance of resources in an area. The presentation will be focused on how to develop a community driven context statement, how to involve the community for which the context is being developed, and highlight the important insight to the process that only the community can bring.

Learning Objectives

  1. What is a context statement and why are they important?
  2. Why is it important to have community members involved in developing context statements?
  3. Learn how to get community members engaged and involved in developing the context statements.
  4. How do cities and communities use the context statements once they are written?


Desiree Smith, Planner | Preservation, Landmarks & Historic Surveys, San Francisco Planning Department; Rosalind Sagara, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, Los Angeles Conservancy;  Michelle Magalong, Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation