The Idyllwild Historic Preservation District is on the cusp of approval. A public hearing on the district’s creation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12.

The proposed Historic District maps, survey, resolution, and environmental findings to be considered by the Board of Supervisors are available for review Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the County of Riverside Planning Department office located at 4080 Lemon St., 12th Floor, in Riverside.

This information may also be reviewed during normal business hours at the Idyllwild Library, located at 54185 Pine Crest Avenue.

About 152 properties fall within the district’s boundaries. According to Keith Herron, chief preservation officer for the Riverside County Park and Open Space District, about 65 of these have unique historic value.

The Riverside Historic Commission evaluated the proposal on March 17 and recommended its approval.

If the district is established, Herron said Ordinance 578 requires the following steps:

  • Notice all property owners within the District;
  • Convene a local review board;
  • Develop district guidelines;
  • Conduct several community meetings; and
  • Integrate the Historic District Alteration Permit procedures (which will need to be developed) within the existing permit process.
  • Supervisor Jeff Stone has already set aside funding if the district is approved.

For further information regarding the proposed Historic District, contact Herron at (951) 955-4558 or Kristi Lovelady at (951) 955-0781.