Historical Resource Guide 2015

The Grass Valley Historical Commission, in partnership with the Nevada County Contractors Association, has published this resource guide to facilitate rehabilitation and restoration of older structures. The resource guide includes contractors, artisans and suppliers known to be skilled in working on older homes. The list was assembled from a variety of sources.  The City, nor Historical Commission, does not endorse nor recommend any specific contractor.  The intent of this guide is to provide property owners with a list of qualified contractors with experience working on older homes.

Historical Resource Guide

The Grass Valley Historical Commission, in partnership with the Nevada County Contractors Association, has published this resource guide to facilitate rehabilitation and restoration of older structures. The resource guide includes contractors, artisans and suppliers known to be skilled in working on older homes. The list was assembled from a variety of sources.  The City, nor Historical Commission, does not endorse nor recommend any specific contractor.  The intent of this guide is to provide property owners with a list of qualified contractors with experience working on older homes.

Community Design Guidelines

The Community Design Guidelines are intended to provide design professionals, property owners, developers, and citizens-at-large with a clear and common understanding of the City’s expectations regarding the aesthetics and functionality of development proposals in Grass Valley.

Design Review Guidelines for the 1872 Historic Townsite

The Design Review Guidelines for the 1872 Historic Townsite are intended to comply with and further define the design standards and development regulations found in the City of Grass Valley's Development Code, Municipal Codes, General Plan (Chapter 13 - Cultural/Historical Resources), Downtown Strategic Plan, and specific planning documents.  The design review guidelines do not override existing regulations, yet they will provide an important tool for both the public and the City of Grass Valley,

Historic Preservation Ordinance

The Historic Preservation Ordinance established regulations and procedures for the protection, enhancement and preservation of properties, structures, sites, artifacts and other cultural resources that represent significant and distinctive elements within the 1872 Historic Townsite. This includes the City’s cultural, educational, social, economic, political and architectural history.

Historic Building Demolition Ordinance

The provisions of the Historic Building Demolition Ordinance shall apply to all primary structures constructed on properties lying within City Limits prior to the year 1945. The Council found that the year 1945 represents a transitional time for the City of Grass Valley in its building design and architecture.  Following 1945, the City experienced more suburban style development which did always not contain or incorporate a historic design or architectural pattern found in the City’s older neighborhoods predating 1945. 

Historical Commission

To encourage the preservation of the City's historical and architecturally significant resources, the Historical Commission was formed.  The Commission has identified and designated historical properties within the City and recognized property owners who have maintained or restored these historical properties.

Historic Preservation

The City of Grass Valley encourages the protection, preservation, and enhancement of its heritage and architecturally significant resources.

In order to effectively assess the relative value of buildings and structures in the historic 1872 Townsite, a priority rating system with four categories was created:

Historic Parcel Rating Map

The Historic Parcel Rating map illustrates parcel ratings within the Original 1872 Townsite.

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