Summary of the Protection of Archaeological Resources Ordinance
The Protection of Archaeological Resources Ordinance:
- formalizes the Citys commitment to identify and protect, and recover when
necessary, significant archaeological resources on public and private projects in
- adds a new article to Chapter 46 of the City Code dealing with Archaeological Resources,
since the standards are not tied to a specific zoning district but apply to any
- sets up procedures for identifying and preserving significant archaeological resources
Citywide (note: currently surveys are only required within ESL overlay, generally north of
the CAP Canal);
- defines criteria to determine which sites are significant and focuses on protecting
significant sites in place and/or mitigating development impacts on significant sites
- Provides several exemptions from being required to complete surveys and reports to provide for a smoother transition from current to new procedures, including
1. One house on a single family lot.
2. Non-residential (commercial, office, hotel, etc.) development disturbing less than 1 acre.
3. Utility installations, linear projects, under 1000 long.
4. Projects on land where over half the land was previously built-upon;
5. Previously approved and pending projects such as building permits and projects with Development Review Board (DRB) approvals; and,
6. Approved master plans and approved development/redevelopment agreements with provisions on archaeology.
- provides for staff approvals of a Certificate of No Effect if development will not
impact any identified significant archaeological sites; and,
- Sets up procedures for the preparation and implementation of a mitigation plan by the applicant when the development will impact a significant archaeological site.