The Idyllwild Downtown Historic District is closer to having a working board and design guidelines approved and in place, according to Keith Herron, county historic preservation officer, who said they have recieved applications for all five board seats.

“Now we have to verify that all are still interested and that they live within three miles of the district as required by the constituting ordinance,” Herron said. Confirmation of interest should be completed by end of this week, he added.

Once eligibility is determined, Herron said 3rd District Supervisor Jeff Stone’s office would vet and appoint the district’s members. “Then they organize as a board, establish their bylaws and officers and then go on to approve the design guidelines and recommend them to county planning.”

The historic district has been a major project encouraged by Stone to both protect Idyllwild’s historic core and preserve its ambiance.