Creative CEQA Mitigation Strategies for Historic Properties

CEQA requires project-related impacts to historic properties to be mitigated “below a level of significance.” While archival-quality written and visual documentation can be inadequate in some situations, retaining a property in situ, using the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, can be overkill in others. This session offers a menu of options to “right size” historic mitigation to the significance of the affected resource, while providing the wider public with meaningful compensation for historic loss or devaluation. Using proven win-win strategies, planners can speed project delivery, enhance the public realm and pay homage to California’s history, cultural traditions and unique sense of place.

Learning Objectives

  1. Use case examples to develop best practices for mitigating historic resources.
  2. Develop proper monitoring and reporting processes for mitigation measures.
  3. Develop a public participation framework to craft mitigation measures appropriate to local conditions or community need.
  4. Engage with creative examples of mitigation that depart from traditional mitigation methods



  • Diane G. Kane, Ph.D., Vice-President, Programs, California Preservation Foundation
  • Deborah M. Rosenthal, AICP, JD, Partner, Fitzgerald Yap Kreditor, LLP;
  • Andrea Galvin, President, GPA, Inc.

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