Why isn’t historic designation voluntary?

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

Historic designation is voluntary until, and unless, a discretionary project is proposed that may have a significant impact on the historic values of the resource. Under those circumstances, there is an obligation under federal, state and local laws to protect and preserve the resource to the greatest extent feasible, despite owner concerns.

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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.