Issues Committee

Heritage works with architects, developers, and property owners to promote restoration, sensitive rehabilitation and viable adaptive reuse of historic resources according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards. Our Issues Committee, comprised of leaders in historic preservation, architecture, law, real estate, development and construction, reviews hundreds of projects to endorse architectural preservation of appropriate buildings.


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In general, the Issues Committee reviews important projects pending in San Francisco for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.  The Committee cannot review all pending projects that affect historic structures. It is the policy of the Committee to review only projects presented by the project sponsor or legal appellants. Heritage Staff will monitor and vet projects and decide which warrant review by the Committee.

Issue Committee review of projects should occur at the appropriate point in the development process. In general, projects should come to the Issues Committee after preparation of a historic resource evaluation type report, where design has progressed sufficiently to accurately show proposed changes to historic fabric, and before presentation to the Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors or other city agencies.

If you would like to schedule a project presentation with the Issues Committee, please contact Preservation Projects Manager Desiree Smith.