Danville has a rich heritage that reflects the Town's role in the development of the San Ramon Valley. This heritage is reflected in individual structures and sites as well as historic development patterns, particularly in the Downtown area. In recognition of this historic heritage, the Town's General Plan establishes a goal of preserving historic and cultural resources by:
Historic preservation will help ensure the economic vitality of the Downtown area, help preserve property values throughout Town and enrich the cultural and educational lives of the Town's residents. Consistent with this goal, the Town has established a Survey of Historically Significant Resources in the community. The list includes a subset of these surveyed resources that have been adopted as Designated Heritage Resources. This is a process that involves the consent of the property owner and results in the protection of the heritage resource from demolition or exterior alteration.
The Heritage Resource Commission is a seven-member board appointed by the Town Council. The purpose of the Commission is to recognize, protect, and promote the retention and use of Town Heritage Resources. They are also responsible for developing preservation incentives for property owners.
The Commission considers each project application for historic design review on a case-by-case basis, to determine if an adequate number of the relevant guidelines have been met. The guidelines provide a basis for making informed and consistent policy decisions about design and historic preservation. However, there is no set number of guidelines that must be met to gain approval. In making a determination, the Commission's overall concerns are that the proposed work complies with the criteria in Historic Preservation Ordinance and Design Guidelines for Heritage Resources. Depending on the level of significance of the alteration, the project may also be submitted to the Planning Commission or the Town Council as appropriate.
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Historic Preservation Ordinance
Historic Submittal Requirements
Design Guidelines for Heritage Resources
document provides guidelines for exterior alterations and new construction used
by Town staff, design review boards, and commissions when reviewing development
proposals involving historic properties.
While the guidelines formally apply to properties officially listed
under local ordinance, owners of other older properties are also encouraged to
use them. Applicants are strongly
encouraged to contact Town Planning Staff for direction and guidance prior to
developing plans for a historic site.