There are federal and State regulations that provide for the protection of historic and cultural resources such as the National Historic Preservation Act, California Register of Historic Resources, and CEQA. In the General Plan Planning Area, a search of the California Built Environment Resources Directory identified 363 non-archeological cultural resources. There are two recognized historic districts, the Downtown Hollister Historic District and Monterey Street Historic District. The Downtown Hollister Historic District is concentrated along San Benito Street, between 4th and South Streets, and it became listed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 1993. The Monterey Street Historic District is primarily composed of single-family residences built between 1875 to 1941 and is located near Monterey Street.  The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in December 1992.

The 2005 General Plan includes four policies that focus on preservation of historic and cultural resources in Hollister. Policy LU 1.2 encourages supplementing the existing historic preservation ordinance with an inventory of potential sites and structures with architectural, historic, archaeological, and cultural significance. Policy LU 5.2 promotes mixed-use development types that preserve the cultural and historical significance in Downtown Hollister. Policy LU 1.4 encourages adoption of a historical building code that exceeds State standards and Policy LU 8.2 helps ensure existing historical neighborhoods remain intact by prohibiting incompatible uses and development types. In addition to these policies, the 2005 General Plan includes an implementation measure to consider listing Hollister’s most significant structures or sites in the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places.

Chapter 15.16 of the HMC, Historic Resources, ensures that the character and history of Hollister are reflected in its cultural, historical, and architectural heritage.

The General Plan Update could bolster existing policy direction to support the formation of a historic resources committee. In addition, community members suggested that the San Benito County Historical Society be consulted when a project could affect a historic or cultural resource.

The City could also consider offering incentives to preserve historic and cultural resources. Development incentives can encourage property owners to invest in a historic property by increasing the cost effectiveness of the project. Potential incentives include:

·       Expediting the permitting process.

·       Waiving or reducing City development fees.

·       Reducing parking requirements.

Sometimes it may not be feasible to preserve a historic building in its original state because the building no longer meets modern needs. Some jurisdictions allow the adaptive reuse of historic buildings, which generally preserves the exterior of the building but modernizes the interior to improve the building’s function. Adaptive reuse can make it financially feasible to preserve historic buildings and could be a useful tool for Hollister, particularly because many historic buildings in the Downtown need costly seismic upgrades.

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* 1. Which of the following historic and cultural resources policies and actions should be included in the General Plan? (Choose as many as desired.)

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