Preservation Planning


City of Orange General PLan Update
Orange, California

Chattel completed services for the City of Orange General Plan Update, including a Historic Resource Survey and preparation of preservation policies for the General Plan Historic Preservation Element, adopted in 2010. Services involved an update to the previous survey of Old Towne Orange, the largest National Register-listed residential historic district in the western United States including development of historic context statements. Chattel surveyed nearly 4,000 properties citywide, including those in Old Towne and four outlying areas: El Modena, a former Quaker settlement turned Mexican-American barrio; and three tracts of postwar suburban Eichler Homes. Detailed historic context statements were developed for each area. Major recommendations included the creation of a local mechanism for designating individual properties; changes to historic district boundaries; and adoption of historic and conservation districts.

As part of these services, Chattel produced a “Historic Preservation Issues and Opportunities Paper,” analyzing the City’s existing preservation policies and presenting opportunities and constraints associated with various preservation options. Chattel also worked with archaeological sub-consultant PAR Environmental Services, Inc. to identify and develop techniques to protect archaeologically sensitive areas in Orange.  These efforts led to a series of creative, state-of-the-art policy recommendations, goals and objectives, included in the Preservation Element. In 2012, Chattel received a Governor's Historic Preservation Award for its work on the Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation Element of the City of Orange General Plan. 

Chattel also served for a number of years as an on-call historic preservation consultant for the City.