Calaveras County’s historic towns and landscape are its greatest tourism attraction. These invoke a memory of our Gold Rush, mining, and ranching past, providing visitors with a unique experience and residents with a beautiful and evocative homeland. Also hidden among our hills are the villages, hunting camps, and gathering areas of the Mi-Wuk people and their predecessors, adding a depth of thousands of years to the history of our land. These important landmarks not only need to be protected, but also developed as one of our greatest assets. By making sure that cultural resources are adequately addressed in the new General Plan, we can ensure that these historic sites will be enjoyed for generations to come.
- We should protect and preserve historic resources as long-term assets.
- Obtain state grants to inventory local historic buildings and sites, and promote inclusion of these inventories in community plans.
- Establish methods to ensure that historically significant buildings are protected and preserved rather than demolished.
- Encourage the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings by
- Adopting the California State Building Code, providing alternatives to the Uniform Building Code for historic buildings.
- Adopting the California’s Mills Act Property Tax Abatement Program, providing tax relief incentives for rehabilitating historic buildings.
- Offering local incentives such as fee wavers and reduced parking requirements to encourage reuse of historic structures.
- Establish relationships and agreements with appropriate institutions to help the county ensure that cultural resources are properly studied for all proposed major developments.