Amendments to the City of Coronado Historic Preservation Program


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Coronado
Document Title
Amendments to the City of Coronado Historic Preservation Program
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Document Description
The project includes adoption of an ordinance amending Title 84 of the Coronado Municipal Code (CMC) and adoption of a Historic Context Statement and Historic Resources Inventory (hereinafter referred to as the Historic Property Survey). Specifically, the project would update CMC Chapter 84.10, Historic Resource Code, to provide updated criteria for the City of Coronado’s (City’s) definition and determination of historical significance. Multiple sections of the Historic Resource Code could be revised to identify a potentially historic structure as one that is 50 or more years old, revised from structures 75 years or older. Additionally, amendments to the CMC would remove structures referred to in the Historic Resources Inventory as a Tier 3 property from further historic review. To inform the proposed Historic Resource Code amendments, a Historic Property Survey was prepared. The Historic Property Survey was focused on the City’s historic core and excludes Naval Air Station North Island, the U.S. Navy Amphibious Base, Port of San Diego property, state or federally owned property located within the City limits, and other sections of the City, such as the Coronado Cays. The Historic Property Survey evaluated properties under CMC Section 84.10.030, Criterion C to identify whether structures possess distinctive characteristics of an architectural style that have not been substantially altered (CMC Section 84.10.030(C)). While Criterion C is only one of the five criteria cited in CMC Section 84.10.030, Criterion C served as the basis of the Historic Property Survey as it was the most readily identifiable criterion that could be accomplished with reasonable effort, and because it was a criterion applied in nearly all—97 percent—of Historic Designation determinations. The purpose of the Historic Property Survey was to provide an architectural evaluation of properties, in an effort to identify potentially architecturally significant resources and reduce the number of properties that would be required to go through an in-depth historical review process based on the City’s current Determination of Historic Significance. The Historic Property Survey defined three tiers relative to whether they may meet the Criterion C significance related to original architectural appearance, as follows: • Tier 1 - Unaltered or minimally altered from historic condition and potentially eligible for City designation under Criterion C. • Tier 2 - Recognizable as a particular architectural style but based on observation and/or construction history are more than “unaltered or minimally altered” from historic condition and do not appear to be eligible for historic designation under Criterion C. • Tier 3 - Substantially altered properties that retain little to no elements of a particular architectural style and, based on observation and/or construction history, are not eligible for historic designation under Criterion C. The Historic Property Survey identified a total of 989 structures built in 1948 or earlier that were assigned to the Tier 3 category. Another 708 structures built between 1949 to 1970 were identified as Tier 3 properties. With adoption of the amendments to the CMC, Tier 3 structures as defined by the Historic Property Survey would no longer require further historic review.

Contact Information

Tricia Olsen
Agency Name
City of Coronado Community Development Department
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Amy DeNinno
Agency Name
RECON Environmental, Inc.
Job Title
Environmental Planner/Analyst III
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


San Diego
Cross Streets
State Highways
Naval Outlying Landing Field
San Diego Bay, Pacific Ocean

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
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State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Other (Municipal Code Amendment)
Local Actions
Municipal Code Amendment
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
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State Comment Letters [Comments from State Reviewing Agency(ies)]

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