Once blanketed in orange and walnut groves, Floral Park is now one of Santa Ana’s most historic residential neighborhoods with nearly 200 homes listed on the Santa Ana Register of Historic Places. The Floral Park Neighborhood Association is actively pursuing national historic designation which would offer numerous benefits for you and your home. The City of Santa Ana currently has two National Register Districts: Downtown Santa Ana (listed in 1984) and French Park (listed in 1999). Studies have shown that property values increase up to 6% in recognized historic districts. Historic district recognition also helps ensure the preservation of the historic properties within the neighborhood, actively helps preserve the character and beauty of the neighborhood, and makes it easier to be eligible for Mills Act property tax reduction. To find out more about the proposed Floral Park historic district and how it would effect your home, click HERE.
Your Home On The Historic Register
In 1998, the Santa Ana City Council adopted Chapter 30 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code to establish the “Santa Ana Register of Historical Properties” to list local historically significant properties and create an Historic Resources Commission to oversee Santa Ana’s Historic Preservation Program. The city’s historic resources commission was established to recognize and preserve historic structures important to the protection of the rich historic heritage of the City of Santa Ana. This nine-member board advises and makes recommendations regarding historic properties, policies and regulations to the city council, and fosters public awareness of historic and architectural resources. There are many benefits to being on the historic register, including the opportunity to apply for the Mills Act, which brings substantial tax benefits. To apply to have your home added to the historic register, click HERE. For a checklist for for submitting an historic property to the register, click HERE. For a list of historic properties already on the register, click HERE. For information on solar panels on historic homes, click HERE. To learn about Santa Ana’s historic preservation efforts, preservation awards, and Historic Resource Commission (HRC) click HERE.
The Mills Act
In 1972, California State legislators adopted the Mills Act, a state law that allows local governments to reduce property taxes on historic properties in exchange for the preservation and rehabilitation of those properties. To pursue this historic preservation tax credit, an owner of a qualified Santa Ana historic property must enter into an Historic Property Preservation Agreement with the city. Under this contract agreement, the property owner agrees to protect, preserve, and maintain the property in accordance with specific preservation standards and other conditions in exchange for property tax credits. A preservation agreement with the City of Santa Ana is required in order to enjoy the tax credit benefits authorized by the Mills Act. Once your application is reviewed and approved by the City of Santa Ana Historic Resources Commission and the City Council, a formal preservation contract agreement is to be in effect for a minimum of ten years, automatically renewed every year, and automatically transferred to new property owners when the property is sold or exchanged, sold or exchanged. Should the property owner maintain the property in accordance with the terms of the contract, the property owner is eligible to receive tax credit benefits through the Mills Act program. As property values and tax rates vary, the exact savings will also vary from property to property. To apply for the Mills Act, click HERE. For more detailed information about the Mills Act and tax code, click HERE. To read about historic preservation, click HERE and for preservation incentive click HERE.
The placement of historic markers allows the opportunity to promote your home’s historic designation and well, let’s face it, it’s impressive! The city of Santa Ana has issued guidelines for the making and installation of historic markers on residential properties. Click HERE for historic marker guidelines and HERE for a list of homes on the Santa Ana Register of Historic Places. Click HERE if you’re looking to have a historic marker made for your home.
Parking restrictions vary throughout Floral Park, but many areas require a parking permit. To be eligible for a parking permit, you must live on a qualifying block in a permit parking district. Permits are processed at the Public Works Agency counter, Monday - Thursday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and alternate Fridays from 9:00 am to 4 pm (except holidays), at a cost of $74.94 each (as of January, 2022). Permits expire every two years on a common date for each parking district. A maximum of three permits can be issued per single-family home and one permit per multifamily residential unit. To obtain a parking permit, a valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration, and proof of residence are required. For information on parking permits in Floral Park, click HERE or call (714) 647-5623.
Improving Your Home
All of us at some time or another need the services of plumbers, landscapers, roofers, designers, contractors, floor refinishers, etc. Especially for those with historic homes, it’s important to find the right people. For a list of roofers, plumbers, AC repair, etc, as recommended by neighbors on NextDoor, click HERE.