Cultural Heritage Board

  1. Apply to become a member of this board!

    This board currently has a vacancy or vacancies that need to be filled. Interested? For an application or more information, call (707) 543-4649, or visit the City’s website at Applicants must be residents and registered to vote in the City of Santa Rosa. For immediate consideration by newly seated Council Members, applications are due Dec. 19, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.

  2. To encourage participation in public City meetings as California safely reopens, the City of Santa Rosa has implemented online tools where residents can view public meetings and provide eComments on agenda items from the comfort of home. Public comment options vary by meeting, please check the information on each meeting agenda posted here:

The Cultural Heritage Board consists of seven citizen volunteers appointed by individual City Council members based on their special expertise or interest in historical preservation.

Statement of Purpose

Principal duties of the Board include undertaking and updating historic inventories or surveys, recommending designation of Landmarks and Preservation Districts, reviewing proposed alterations to historic buildings, and promoting public awareness of preservation issues. If you are in a historic district or would like more information regarding historic districts, please see the Processing Review Procedures for Owners of Historic Properties.

There are currently eight designated Preservation Districts in Santa Rosa: Burbank Gardens, Cherry Street, McDonald, Olive Park, Railroad Square, Ridgway, St. Rose, and West End. At the request of property owners, other potential districts may be considered. Preservation Districts are composed of both contributors and non-contributors to their districts. For questions about the general order of business at a Cultural Heritage Board meeting and how to address the Board at a public hearing, please see the Cultural Heritage Board General Order of Business.

Upcoming Meetings

  1. Dec 7
  2. Cultural Heritage Board

    Regular Cultural Heritage Board meeting that occurs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
  1. Dec 21
  2. Cultural Heritage Board

    Regular Cultural Heritage Board meeting that occurs on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Cultural Heritage Board Members

Brian Meuser - Chair
Appointed by Tom Schwedhelm
Term Expires: December 31, 2022

Maria Praetzellis - Vice Chair
Appointed by Victoria Flemming
Term Expires December 31, 2022

Bonnie Boren 
Appointed by Eddie Alvarez
Term Expired December 31, 2024

Laura Fennell 
Appointed by Chris Rogers
Term Expires December 31, 2021

Cappie Garrett
Appointed by John Sawyer
Term Expires December 31, 2022

Henry Huang
Appointed by Natalie Rogers
Term Expired December 31, 2024

Appointed by Jack Tibbetts
Term Expires December 31, 2024

Board Information and Records


Occur twice a month on the 1st and 3rd  Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) in Council Chambers*; City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, Calif. 


In compliance with Zoning Code Section 20-62, the decision of the review authority is final unless an appeal is filed on a city Appeal Form and associated fees, as noted on the city’s Fee Schedule, are paid within 10 calendar days of the action. The time limit will extend to the following business day where the last day falls on a day that the city is not open for business.

Watch Live Meetings

Online Live

Agendas, Minutes and Video

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Legislative Portal

Resolution Archives

Cultural Heritage Board Resolution Archive

  1. Cultural Heritage Board

  2. Susie Murray

    Senior Planner

    Staff liaison to the Cultural Heritage Board

  3. Michelle Montoya

    Administrative Secretary