A historic building/house in a community is scheduled for demolition. What can be done to stop or delay it?

by Andrew Shaffer  on June 27, 2018 | | No comments

CEQA requires that historic properties be preserved whenever feasible. In most jurisdictions, demolition permits are discretionary actions that trigger CEQA review. Preparation of an Environmental Document should include alternatives to demolition. Engage in the environmental process, comment within statutory windows and build “the administrative record” to support preservation. If demolition continues to be the preferred alternative, hire an attorney to challenge the Environmental Document after document certification.

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the California Preservation Foundation’s Engagement Director. His job includes sharing stories of CPF’s work and collaborating with members and partner organizations on preservation issues across California. Prior to joining CPF, he studied at the University of San Francisco and the University of Wisconsin, where he specialized in LGBTQ history, preservation, and activism. Andrew is a transplant to San Francisco and loves showing off his adopted hometown to people from all over the world.