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Historic Resources Commission

The Historic Resources Commission (HRC) is made up of five members, one from each of the five Supervisorial Districts. The Board of Supervisors appoints these commissioners for a period of four years. The current Historic Resource Commissioners are:

  • 1st District: Vacant
  • 2nd District: Kevin Newhouse
  • 3rd District: Lucia Orlando
  • 4th District: Barry Pearlman, Chair:
  • 5th District: Lynda Phillips, Vice Chair

The HRC holds regular meetings quarterly, with additional special meetings as needed. The HRC reviews proposals to amend the Historic Resources Inventory, applications for changes to the exterior of properties included on the Historic Resources Inventory and fulfills other duties pertaining to Historic Preservation as provided in Chapter 2.58 of the Santa Cruz County Code and the County General Plan. Recordings of prior meetings can be accessed by clicking the meeting date below. Public hearings are currently being held remotely due to the Public Health Emergency. Instructions for participating in the remote public hearings and links to the meeting are posted on the meeting agendas: Historic Resources Commission Meeting Agendas.

Historic Resources Commission quarterly meeting schedule for 2023:

Monday, January 23 at 9:30 am  [VIEW MEETING RECORDING]
Monday, April 3 at 9:30 am [MEETING CANCELLED]
Monday, July 17 at 9:30 am
Monday, October 2 at 9:30 am [MEETING CANCELLED]

To contact staff to the HRC call (831) 454-3111, fax (831) 454-2131, or e-mail

For more information on Santa Cruz County Commissions, Committees, and Advisory Bodies, click here.

Agendas, minutes and materials for HRC Meetings are available here:

To view recordings of past HRC meetings, please CLICK HERE.