Cultural Heritage Board


Due to the provision of the Governor’s Executive Orders N-25-20 and N-29-20 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Santa Rosa has postponed all in-person public meetings until further notice. However, the City is conducting virtual public meetings with streaming video and telephone options. Thank you for your understanding as the City continues to take measures to protect the health and safety of our community.
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Principal duties of the Board include undertaking and updating historic inventories or surveys, recommending designation of Landmarks and Preservation Districts, reviewing proposed alterations to historic buildings, and promoting public awareness of preservation issues. If you are in a historic district or would like more information regarding historic districts, please see the Processing Review Procedures for Owners of Historic Properties. There are currently eight designated Preservation Districts in Santa Rosa: Burbank Gardens, Cherry Street, McDonald, Olive Park, Railroad Square, Ridgway, St. Rose, and West End. At the request of property owners, other potential districts may be considered. Preservation Districts are composed of both contributors and non-contributors to their districts. For questions about the general order of business at a Cultural Heritage Board meeting and how to address the Board at a public hearing, please see the Cultural Heritage Board General Order of Business.

Virtual Meetings

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of the public and staff, the City is conducting virtual public meetings with streaming video and telephone options. 

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To leave a public comment for items NOT on the agenda, but within the purview of the Cultural Heritage Board/Design Review Board, please call (707) 543-3232 or email  by 5PM the day before the meeting.

Meetings Occur twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)  in the City Council Chamber; City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA
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Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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CHB Members: 

The Cultural Heritage Board consists of seven citizen volunteers appointed by individual City Council members based on their special expertise or interest in historical preservation. 
  • Brian Meuser - Chair
     Appointed by Tom Schwedhelm
    Term Expires: December 31, 2022
  • Laura Fennell, Vice Chair
     Appointed by Julie Combs
    Term Expires December 31, 2020
  • Vacant
    Appointed by 
    Term Expires
  • Mark Debacker
    Appointed by Chris Rogers
    Term Expires December 31, 2020
  • John P. McHugh
    Appointed by Jack Tibbets
    Term Expires December 31, 2020
  • Curt Groninga
     Appointed by Ernest Olivares
    Term Expires December 31, 2020
  • Cappie Garrett
    Appointed by John Sawyer
    Term Expires December 31, 2022