“CHA” & “HRC” – What’s the Difference?

May 1, 2018

Reprinted from the Coronado Currents – official publication of the City of Coronado

Don’t they both put plaques on old buildings? Well … kind of. CHA used to give out plaques but that was before HRC came along. Confused? You are not alone. Both entities share a common goal to preserve and protect Coronado’s rich history; however, they are quite different. CHA stands for Coronado Historical Association; HRC stands for Historic Resource Commission.

The CHA is a nonprofi t 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1969 whose primary purpose is to promote Coronado’s cultural heritage and resources to the public through exhibitions, education programs, and information services.

In the 1970s, CHA began presenting owners of historically signifi cant structures with bronze plaques to place by the front door. CHA has recognized approximately 80 structures with historic plaques.

CHA’s staff works with a volunteer Board of Directors to maintain and operate the Coronado Museum of History and Art, Museum Store, Coronado Visitor Center, and the research library and archives.

The HRC is a City Council-appointed five-member commission tasked with overseeing Coronado’s preservation program. It was created in 2000 by the Historic Preservation Ordinance, which also established procedures and criteria for designation of historic structures and allowable alterations. HRC includes one representative from both the Design Review and Planning Commissions and three Council appointed commissioners.

HRC works with City planners to review applications from homeowners for voluntary historic designation, historic alteration permits, and Mills Act Preservation Agreements. In 2004, HRC oversight was expanded to include determining if structures 75 years or older that are proposed for demolition have historic signifi cance, and if they should be preserved. To date, 126 structures have been designated by the HRC as historic and have received a plaque.

For information on the CHA, go to www.coronadohistory.org or call 619.435.7242. For information on the HRC, go to www. coronado.ca.us or call the Community Development Department at 619.522.7326.

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