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File #: 21-0557    Version: 1
Type: Consent - Agreements Status: Passed
File created: 10/5/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/9/2021 Final action: 11/9/2021
Title: Historic Property Preservation Agreements (Mills Act Contracts) for 26 qualified historic properties.
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Attachment 1 - Table Summary of 26 Mills Act Applications, 3. Attachment 2 - Fall 2021 Applicant Property Photographs, 4. Attachment 3 - Mills Act Contract MAC-378.0-21, 5. Attachment 4 - Mills Act Contract MAC-384.0-21, 6. Attachment 5 - Mills Act Contract MAC-388.0-21, 7. Attachment 6 - Mills Act Contract MAC-389.0-21, 8. Attachment 7 - Mills Act Contract MAC-390.0-21, 9. Attachment 8 - Mills Act Contract MAC-391.0-21, 10. Attachment 9 - Mills Act Contract MAC-392.0-21, 11. Attachment 10 - Mills Act Contract MAC-393.0-21, 12. Attachment 11 - Mills Act Contract MAC-394.0-21, 13. Attachment 12 - Mills Act Contract MAC-395.0-21, 14. Attachment 13 - Mills Act Contract MAC-396.0-21, 15. Attachment 14 - Mills Act Contract MAC-397.0-21, 16. Attachment 15 - Mills Act Contract MAC-398.0-21, 17. Attachment 16 - Mills Act Contract MAC-399.0-21, 18. Attachment 17 - Mills Act Contract MAC-400.0-21, 19. Attachment 18 - Mills Act Contract MAC-401.0-21, 20. Attachment 19 - Mills Act Contract MAC-402.0-21, 21. Attachment 20 - Mills Act Contract MAC-403.0-21, 22. Attachment 21 - Mills Act Contract MAC-404.0-21, 23. Attachment 22 - Mills Act Contract MAC-405.0-21, 24. Attachment 23 - Mills Act Contract MAC-406.0-21, 25. Attachment 24 - Mills Act Contract MAC-407.0-21, 26. Attachment 25 - Mills Act Contract MAC-408.0-21, 27. Attachment 26 - Mills Act Contract MAC-409.0-21, 28. Attachment 27 - Mills Act Contract MAC-410.0-21, 29. Attachment 28 - Mills Act Contract MAC-411.0-21

TO:                                          Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council


THRU:                     Tom Hatch, Interim City Manager                                          


FROM:                     Susan Galvan, Interim Community Development Director



1.                     Subject


Historic Property Preservation Agreements (Mills Act Contracts) for 26 qualified historic properties.


2.                     Summary

The Community Development Department Historic Preservation Program received 26 applications for new Mills Act Contracts in the Old Towne and Eichler Historic Districts for the Fall 2021 application period. Staff recommends approval and execution of the contracts.

3.                      Recommended Action


Approve 26 Mills Act Contracts between the City of Orange and the identified property owners for the preservation and rehabilitation of qualified historic properties; and authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the contracts on behalf of the City.


4.                      Fiscal Impact

The purpose of the Mills Act Program is to leverage property tax savings to support private investment in the preservation of historic properties.

For the 26 Mills Act applications received in Fall 2021, the City may incur a total reduction of property tax of approximately $20,179 per year. The actual amount of the property tax reduction under the Mills Act Contract will be determined by the Orange County Office of the Assessor, using a predetermined income-based approach to assessment, considering area rental rates and maintenance costs.

The Mills Act Program requires reinvestment of this property tax reduction in preservation of the historic property through the Rehabilitation Plan (Exhibit D) attached to each contract. The Rehabilitation Plan will generate additional revenues from building permit fees, and the local economy will benefit from specialized work in historic preservation by local building contractors and material suppliers. The investment by property owners in these 26 historic properties totals $1,850,580 over ten years.

The $1,000 application fee for each contract offsets the cost of staff review, property inspection, and this public meeting. The $30 annual fee offsets ongoing costs of administration of the contracts.

5.                     Strategic Plan Goals

Goal 5: Recognize, promote and preserve Orange’s rich heritage

b. Expand and strengthen processes and practices related to the protection of cultural resources.

6.                     Discussion and Background

Mills Act applications for 26 qualified historic properties were received prior to the August 5, 2021 application deadline. Twelve properties are within the Old Towne Historic District, six properties are in the Eichler Fairmeadows Historic District, six are in the Eichler Fairhaven Historic District, and two are within the Eichler Fairhills Historic District.


Staff reviewed the applications and met with each property owner at the historic property to review the proposed Rehabilitation Plan (Exhibit D) attached to the Mills Act Contract. Each Rehabilitation Plan has been tailored to the preservation needs of the specific historic property and has been determined to meet the Mills Act Program requirements and to be in conformance with the relevant design standards for the historic districts.


Each Mills Act property owner agrees to complete the work described in the Rehabilitation Plan. Additional contract conditions include:

Preserve and rehabilitate the historic property and its character-defining features in conformance with adopted rules and regulations.

Meet City of Orange Historic Property Maintenance Standards for all buildings, structures, yards and other improvements on the property.

Agree to property inspections once every five years of the contract term and/or when work is completed to determine compliance with terms of the contract.

File annual status reports on progress of improvements and repairs and/or any changed conditions of the property.

Provide a ten-year update of proposed rehabilitation and repair items, 90 days prior to the tenth contract anniversary.

Meet all other contract terms and conditions as specified in the Historic Property Preservation Agreement.

A summary of each application is provided in Attachment 1 to the Staff Report.

7.                     Attachments

                     Attachment 1 - Table Summary of 26 Mills Act Applications

                     Attachment 2 - Fall 2021 Applicant Property Photographs

                     Attachment 3 - Mills Act Contract MAC-378.0-21

                     Attachment 4 - Mills Act Contract MAC-384.0-21

                     Attachment 5 - Mills Act Contract MAC-388.0-21

                     Attachment 6 - Mills Act Contract MAC-389.0-21

                     Attachment 7 - Mills Act Contract MAC-390.0-21

                     Attachment 8 - Mills Act Contract MAC-391.0-21

                     Attachment 9 - Mills Act Contract MAC-392.0-21

                     Attachment 10 - Mills Act Contract MAC-393.0-21

                     Attachment 11 - Mills Act Contract MAC-394.0-21

                     Attachment 12 - Mills Act Contract MAC-395.0-21

                     Attachment 13 - Mills Act Contract MAC-396.0-21

                     Attachment 14 - Mills Act Contract MAC-397.0-21

                     Attachment 15 - Mills Act Contract MAC-398.0-21

                     Attachment 16 - Mills Act Contract MAC-399.0-21

                     Attachment 17 - Mills Act Contract MAC-400.0-21

                     Attachment 18 - Mills Act Contract MAC-401.0-21

                     Attachment 19 - Mills Act Contract MAC-402.0-21

                     Attachment 20 - Mills Act Contract MAC-403.0-21

                     Attachment 21 - Mills Act Contract MAC-404.0-21

                     Attachment 22 - Mills Act Contract MAC-405.0-21

                     Attachment 23 - Mills Act Contract MAC-406.0-21

                     Attachment 24 - Mills Act Contract MAC-407.0-21

                     Attachment 25 - Mills Act Contract MAC-408.0-21

                     Attachment 26 - Mills Act Contract MAC-409.0-21

                     Attachment 27 - Mills Act Contract MAC-410.0-21

                     Attachment 28 - Mills Act Contract MAC-411.0-21