Chapter 2.54


2.54.010    Created – Membership.

2.54.020    Composition.

2.54.030    Organization – Meetings – Rules.

2.54.040    Powers and duties.

2.54.010 Created – Membership.

There is created a historic preservation commission (commission) with members appointed and serving in accordance with Bellingham City Charter Section 7.01. The commission shall have the duties and responsibilities set forth in this chapter and such other duties as are set by city ordinance. [Ord. 2005-12-094; Ord. 2004-05-034; Code 1980 at §§ 20.28.010, 20.28.050].

2.54.020 Composition.

A. The commission shall consist of nine members, all of whom shall serve without compensation. No member of the commission shall be a member of the planning commission or an elected city official or a city employee. The members shall be appointed by the mayor and such appointment shall be confirmed by the city council.

The term of office shall be three years. Commission members may be reappointed. Commission members must be qualified electors of the city of Bellingham.

B. All members of the commission shall have a demonstrated interest and competence in historic preservation and possess qualities of impartiality and broad judgment.

C. The commission shall include at least four professionals who have experience in identifying, evaluating, and protecting historic resources and are selected from among the disciplines of architecture, history, architectural history, planning, archaeology, folklore, cultural anthropology, curation, conservation, landscape architecture, or related disciplines.

D. Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment and the appointment shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term. Members may be removed by the mayor, subject to approval by a two-thirds majority vote of the city council, for such causes as he shall deem sufficient. [Ord. 2018-03-006 § 8; Ord. 2005-12-094; Ord. 2004-05-034; Ord. 9615 §§ 1 – 3, 1986; Code 1980 at § 20.28.020].

2.54.030 Organization – Meetings – Rules.

A. Meetings of the board shall be held at least once a month, and at such other times as the chairman of the board may determine. There shall be a fixed time and place for the meetings, and all regular board meetings shall be open to the public.

B. The board shall adopt its own rules of procedure and keep a written record as well as transcripts of its proceedings, findings, and actions in each case. Such record and transcript shall be public. The presence of a majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.

C. Decisions of the board shall require the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the members present, provided (1) there is a quorum, without which the meeting shall not proceed, and (2) there is a quorum at the time the decision is made.

D. Written records of meetings, resolutions, transactions, findings, and determinations shall be kept and such records shall be public. The planning and community development director shall maintain and be custodian for all records of board meetings and findings of the board. A secretary and other staff shall be provided by the planning and community development department to prepare minutes, keep records, and perform other duties as prescribed by the director. [Ord. 2004-05-034; Ord. 9352 § 3, 1984; Ord. 8723 § 1, 1978; Ord. 8485 § 3, 1976; Code 1980 at § 20.28.030].

2.54.040 Powers and duties.

A. The board shall have the powers and duties assigned to the landmark review board under Chapter 17.90 BMC.

B. The board shall also be empowered to make any other decisions and/or recommendations delegated to it in accordance with the Bellingham Municipal Code. [Ord. 2004-05-034; Ord. 10719 § 50, 1996; Ord. 9615 § 4, 1986; Code 1980 at § 20.28.040].