El Monte | Los Angeles Conservancy
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El Monte does not currently have a historic preservation ordinance.

The lack of any historic preservation policies prevents El Monte from offering protection to privately owned, historic resources. However, the City’s 2011 General Plan update incorporates a new Cultural Resources Element that was envisioned to serve as a guiding document that embodies how El Monte will protect and preserve its cultural heritage. “Preservation of Heritage” is one outlined method, which contains reference to preserving, enhancing, and renewing any remaining buildings of historic significance.

The scoring details for this community appear below. To see scores for all communities, compare specific communities and categories, and learn more about the Report Card, visit our Report Card microsite.

Category (points available)
Total Score (out of a possible 245, plus Extra Credit): 
Historic Preservation Ordinance (150) / Honorary Ordinance (10): 
Dedicated Historic Preservation Commission (5): 
Dedicated Preservation Staff (15): 
Ability to Designate Historic Districts (15): 
Active Landmark Designation (at least annually) (5): 
Survey of Historic Resources: Citywide (15) / Partial (10): 
Survey Updated Within Past 5 Years (5): 
Mills Act Incentive Program (10): 
Additional Incentives (5): 
Certified Local Government (5): 
Historic Preservation Element or Plan (5): 
Extra Credit (1-25): 

If you'd like to get involved in preservation in El Monte, we suggest the following resources:

City Representative

Betty Donavanik
Community & Economic Development Director
(626) 580-2090

Express your interest and ask about opportunities, particularly in helping to create a preservation ordinance if the city doesn't have one.

Local Groups

El Monte Historical Museum

La Historia Society

Visit their websites to learn more about their work and find direct contact information.

If any of this information is out of date, or to suggest additional ways to get involved, please contact us at info@laconservancy.org or (213) 623-2489.

We don't know of any community-specific resources for local preservation in El Monte. If you do, please let us know.

For general information about using the California Environmental Quality Act to protect historic places in your community, you can download our Guide to CEQA in English or Spanish.

For other resources, including a model ordinance and glossary of basic preservation terms, please see the Resources tab on our Report Card microsite.