Open Space & Conservation Element OSC-5: Paleontological & Cultural Resources

Only areas below are considered part of the General Plan.

Paleontological & Cultural Resources
Paleontological and cultural resources are important for scientific, historic, and/or religious reasons to cultures, communities, groups or individuals. Menifee has a rich history dating back to the area's first inhabitants 10,000 years ago, and descendants of which still live in and around the city today. The city's prehistoric and historic-period archeological resources, historic resources, cultural resources, and cultural landscapes enrich the community's heritage and identity. Exhibit OSC-4 identifies the city's paleontological resources. Exhibits are not available for archaeological and cultural resources as they are protected under state law from public viewing.

Goal
  • OSC-5: Archaeological, historical, and cultural resources are protected and integrated into the city's built environment.
Policies
  • OCS-5.1: Preserve and protect archaeological and historic resources and cultural sites, places, districts, structures, landforms, objects and native burial sites, traditional cultural landscapes and other features, consistent with state law and any laws, regulations or policies which may be adopted by the city to implement this goal and associated policies.
  • OCS-5.2: Work with local schools, organizations, appropriate Native American tribes with ancestral territories located within the city and other agencies to educate the public about the rich archaeological, historic, and cultural resources found in the city.
  • OCS-5.3: Preserve sacred sites identified in consultation with the appropriate Native American tribes whose ancestral territories are within the city, such as Native American burial locations, by avoiding activities that would negatively impact the sites, while maintaining the confidentiality of the location and nature of the sacred site.
  • OCS-5.4: Establish clear and responsible policies and best practices to identify, evaluate, and protect previously unknown archaeological, historic, and cultural resources, following applicable CEQA and NEPA procedures and in consultation with the appropriate Native American tribes who have ancestral lands within the city.
  • OCS-5.5: Develop clear policies regarding the preservation and avoidance of cultural resources located within the city, in consultation with the appropriate Native American tribes who have ancestral lands within the city
  • OCS-5.6: Develop strong government-to-government relationships and consultation protocols with the appropriate Native American tribes with ancestral territories within the city in order to ensure better identification, protection and preservation of cultural resources, while also developing appropriate educational programs, with tribal participation, for Menifee residents.
General Plan Exhibits