The purpose of this Ordinance is to promote the education, cultural and general welfare of the citizens of Valparaiso and to insure the harmonious and orderly growth and development of the municipality; to maintain established residential neighborhoods in danger of having their distinctiveness destroyed; to enhance property values and attract new residents; to ensure viability of the traditional Downtown area and to encourage tourism within the City of Valparaiso.
It is deemed essential by the City of Valparaiso that qualities relating to our history and harmonious outward appearance of its structures needs to be preserved. This purpose is advanced through the restoration and preservation of historic areas and buildings, the construction and compatible new buildings where appropriate, and the maintenance and insurance of compatibility in regards to style, form, proportion, texture and material between historic buildings and those of contemporary design. It is the intention of the City of Valparaiso through this ordinance to provide a method to preserve and protect historic and architecturally worthy buildings, structures, sites, monuments, streetscapes and neighborhoods which impart a distinct aesthetic quality to the City and serve as visible reminders of its historic heritage.
To view the Historic Preservation Ordinance, please click the link below.