Morro Bay does not have an historic preservation ordinance and therefore fails to reap the benefits of one. The recent General Plan Update included a section that made the development of an historic preservation process a Goal. One of the first steps in the process is to adopt an historic preservation ordinance.
In 2018 and 2019, a dedicated team of local volunteers with the Historical Society met repeatedly to draft an ordinance to present to the City. We know that City staff time is stretched, and they would ordinarily have had to hire an outside consultant to do this. We decided to save the taxpayers some money and also jumpstart the process to get going.
COVID interrupted our work, but in November 2020 we finally delivered a complete draft to the City. The Planning Commission subsequently recommended using the draft as the basis for an ordinance as a high priority goal. The City Council did not respond to that recommendation.