Context Statements

HISTORIC CONTEXT STATEMENTS are used by local governments to provide a framework for understanding historic patterns of development in their communities.

The following listing consists of public agencies within four counties that frame the South San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in Central California. The links are to historical context statements, either online or within this site. Public agencies that do not have adopted context statements have no links (or we haven't located them yet). In some cases the context statements are extracts from other related planning documents such as General Plans, Historic Preservation Elements within General Plans, or Historic Preservation Ordinances. Some public agencies have both an adopted Historical Context Statement, as well as Historic Preservation Policies within both the General Plan and their Municipal or County code.

Many of these agencies have other planning documents that contain historical context statements that pertain to specific areas such as historic districts. These are referenced and included where possible.

Authorship is not clear on many of these documents. Please utilize the information provided within with care and be sure to attribute their source.

The State of California has its own California State Historic Preservation Plan. Read more about the statewide plan for 2012-2017 under development at the Office of Historic Preservation.

Santa Clara County

   County of Santa Clara Historic Context Statement

   South County Historic Resources Survey

City of Campbell

   Alice Avenue Historic District Context Statement

City of Cupertino

City of Gilroy

City of Los Altos, Los Altos Historic Resources Inventory Part I

                          Los Altos Historic Resources Inventory Part II

City of Los Altos Hills

City of Milpitas

City of Monte Sereno

City of Morgan Hill, Historic Context Statement for the City of Morgan Hill

City of Mountain View

City of Palo Alto

City of San Jose

   Historical Overview and Context for San Jose

   Downtown San Jose Survey 2000

   Hensley Historic District Context

   Historic District Study Martha Gardens Historic Residential Neighborhood

   Japantown Historic Context and Survey Phase I

   Japantown Historic Context and Survey Phase II

   San Jose Modernism

   Historic District Study Lake House Neighborhood

   South Campus District Evaluation

   Historical Context Survey 13th Street Neighborhoods

   Market Almaden Conservation Area

   Washington Neighborhood Historic Context Survey

City of Santa Clara

City of Saratoga, Heritage Resources Inventory City of Saratoga

City of Sunnyvale

   Images Sunnyvale's Heritage Resources

Town of Los Gatos


Santa Cruz County

Aptos Village Historic District

City of Capitola

   Historic Context Statement for the City of CapitolaContext Statements

   Depot Hill District Feasibility Report

City of Santa Cruz, Historic Context Statement for the City of Santa Cruz

City of Scott's Valley

   Historical Landmarks

City of Watsonville, Historic Context Statement for the City of Watsonville


Monterey County

   Reconnaissance Survey of Agricultural Resources In The South County Planning Area

   Historic Context Statement for Agricultural Resources in the North County Planning Area

   Agricultural Resources Evaluation Handbook

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Historic Context Statement Carmel-by-the-Sea

City of Del Rey Oaks

City of Gonzales

City of Greenfield

City of Marina

City of Monterey

   Cannery Row Cultural Resources Survey

   Monterey Upper Old Town Historic Context Statement and Reconnaissance Survey

   Historic Context Statement Lower Old Town Monterey

   Historic Context Statement and Reconnaissance Survey for the Oak Grove Neighborhood

   New Monterey Historic Context Statement

   Monterey National Historic Landmark District Context

City of Pacific Grove, City of Pacific Grove Historic Context Statement

City of Salinas

City of Seaside

City of Soledad

King City

Sand City


San Benito County

City of Hollister

City of San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista Historic Resources Inventory and Context Statement