2.16.010   Establishment.


Creation. For the purpose of making effective the provisions of Title 8 Historic Preservation and Protection, there is established an historic district board of review to be known as the Historic Preservation Commission (hereinafter referred to as "the commission").


Staffing. The staff of the city housing and neighborhood development and planning and transportation department (hereinafter referred to as "the staff") shall serve as the staff to the commission at the commission's discretion. Each official of the city who has responsibility for building inspection, planning or zoning shall provide necessary technical, administrative or clerical assistance requested by the commission.


Composition. The commission shall consist of nine voting members who must be residents. All members shall be appointed by the mayor subject to the approval of the common council (hereinafter referred to as "common council"). All members shall be interested in the preservation and development of historic buildings and areas.


The membership shall include individual members with demonstrated expertise in historic preservation activities. To the extent available to the community, the commission shall include professional members from the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, preservation planning, archaeology, or other historic preservation-related disciplines, such as urban planning, American studies, art history, American civilization, cultural geography or cultural anthropology.


Nonvoting, advisory member(s) may be appointed to this commission by the common council. Such a member shall have recognized expertise in the field of historic preservation. The term of the advisory members shall be for three years.


Terms of Office. The terms of the original voting commission members shall be staggered as follows: three members for three-year terms, three members for two-year terms, and three members for one-year terms. Thereafter, voting members shall each serve for a term of three years, and all terms shall commence on January 1st and expire on December 31st. A vacancy shall be filled through appointment by the mayor and approval of the common council only for the unexpired duration of the term.


Serve Without Compensation. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation, except for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

(Ord. 97-06 § 16, 1997; Ord. 97-03 § 12 (part), 1997)

(Ord. No. 14-11, §§ 44—46, 7-2-2014)

2.16.020   Organization.


Commission Administrator. The director of the housing and neighborhood development shall serve as administrator of the commission. The administrator shall provide staff assistance to the commission, act as the commission's secretary, and issue certificates of appropriateness as directed by the commission.


Commission Officers. The commission shall elect from its membership a chairman and vice chairman, who shall serve for one year and may be reelected.


Commission Meeting. The commission shall hold regular meetings, at least monthly, except when it has no business pending. Special meetings may be called in a manner determined by the commission in its rules. All meetings of the commission must be open to the public, and a public record of the commission resolutions, proceedings, and actions must be kept.


Commission Rules. The commission shall adopt rules consistent with this chapter for the transaction of its business.

(Ord. 97-06 § 17, 1997; Ord. 97-03 § 12 (part), 1997)

(Ord. No. 14-11, § 47, 7-2-2014)

2.16.030   Powers.

The commission's duties include but are not limited to the following:


The commission is that agency of city government responsible for developing and coordinating the municipality's historic preservation activities. The commission shall be concerned with those elements of development, redevelopment, rehabilitation and preservation that affect visual quality in the historic district. Areas of concern may also include viewsheds, landscapes and streetscapes of historic importance. The commission may make recommendations to the common council concerning development rights, facade easements, the imposition of other restrictions, and the negotiation of historic property contracts for the purpose of ensuring preservation.


The commission has the authority to receive funds in order to promote its stated mission.


The commission may not consider details of design, interior arrangements, or building features if those details, arrangements, or features are not subject to public view.


The commission may not make any requirement except for the purpose of preventing development, alteration or demolition in the historic district obviously incongruous with the historic district.


The commission shall conduct a survey, or may adopt existing surveys, to identify historic buildings, structures and places located within the city.


The commission may promulgate standards for architectural review. These shall include local design guidelines to be published and be made readily accessible to the general public.


The commission shall draw and submit to the common council for its approval a map or maps describing the boundaries of an historic district or conservation district. The commission shall issue a report to the common council based upon its survey, identifying and validating the significance of the property or district.


The commission may issue certificates of appropriateness for any actions required by Section 8.08.020.


The commission may adopt rules consistent with this chapter designating situations not requiring a certificate of appropriateness under Section 8.08.020.

(Ord. 97-03 § 12 (part), 1997)

(Ord. No. 14-11, §§ 48, 49, 7-2-2014)