The services currently provided by the Historic Preservation team will remain the same, as has been in place for over three decades. These tasks include administering the Mills Act, processing administrative and Board-level Certificates of Appropriateness for modifications to cultural resources, updating and maintaining the Citywide Cultural Resources database, designating cultural resources, reviewing federally funded or permitted City projects for compliance with Section 106, fulfilling training and reporting requirements of the state Certified Local Government program, interacting with historic preservation related community groups, pursuing and administering grants obtained, conducting of inventories for Cultural Resources in an ongoing fashion, providing expertise to the City both internally and externally on the environmental impacts related to cultural resources, and providing education on the full range of Historic Resources both internally and to the public in the form of seminars, conferences, presentations, publications and speaking engagements. This team will be the primary staff to the Cultural Heritage Board and provide outstanding customer service and continue to pursue grants to fund Historic Preservation planning, surveys and programs.
The Neighborhoods team will provide outreach to Riverside's neighborhoods and be responsible for developing strategies for each of Riverside's 26 neighborhoods within a 3-to-4-year period. This team will be responsible for leading the implementation of the City’s neighborhood program, interacting with Riverside Neighborhood Partnership and various neighborhood and community groups, and will be charged with developing a standard process, neighborhood strategy template, and scope of work that will be applied throughout Riverside's neighborhoods to result in up-to-date understanding of existing conditions and key strategies that help each neighborhood maintain or advance towards its potential. Implementation of each strategy will be borne by neighborhoods and other partners, in addition to the City. This team will provide expertise to the City both internally and externally on the Neighborhoods program, and provide education on the full range of Neighborhood resources, assets and strategies both internally and to the public in the form of seminars, conferences, presentations, publications and speaking engagements. This team will also serve as the CDD representative on Local food Systems and participate in forums on community health and design. This team will be recognized as a valued resource, continue to look for grants to fund Neighborhood planning and programs, continue to provide outstanding customer service as has been in place for over a decade, assist residents and property owners in their efforts to maintain and improve quality of life.
The Urban Design team will be responsible for providing a range of urban design services, including: architectural illustration, constructive design input into public and private projects in Riverside, provide an ongoing design ethic, dialogue and standards within the Planning Divisions, lead community design workshops as needed, participate in citywide programs overlapping with Public Works, Economic Development, Parks, Public Utilities, etc., and overall raise the standard level of design Citywide. This team will be active in the City’s Business Improvement District program and build relationships with other business related groups and organizations. The team will be recognized as a valued resource for assisting large scale planning and project efforts in maintaining a high quality design ethic as well as improve quality of life for all of Riverside.