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Chapter 84.10
HISTORIC RESOURCE CODE

Sections:

84.10.010    Purpose and intent.

84.10.020    Definitions.

84.10.030    Historic resource and Historic District designation criteria.

84.10.040    Historic resource and District designation procedures.

84.10.050    Historic resource alterations and demolition criteria.

84.10.060    Reserved.

84.10.070    Reserved.

84.10.080    Reserved.

84.10.090    Historic resource preservation benefits.

84.10.100    Historic Resource Preservation (Mills Act) Agreement procedures.

84.10.110    Ordinary maintenance and repair.

84.10.120    Duty to keep in good repair.

84.10.130    Enforcement.

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The City Council finds as a matter of public policy that the identification, designation, recognition, preservation, enhancement, perpetuation and use of improvements, buildings, structures, objects, monuments, sites, places and natural features within the City that reflect special elements of the City’s architectural, artistic, cultural, educational, economic, social, political, engineering, military history, or other heritage are required in the interest of the health, economic prosperity, cultural enrichment and general welfare of the people. The purpose of this chapter is to:

A. Safeguard the heritage of the City and enhance its visual character by providing for the preservation of historic resources representing significant elements of its history;

B. Encourage public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the City’s past as reflected in such historic resources;

C. Foster civic and neighborhood pride in the beauty and noble accomplishments of its past;

D. Preserve and enhance the City’s historical attractions to residents, tourists, and visitors and serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry;

E. Preserve diverse and harmonious architectural styles and design preferences reflecting phases of the City’s history;

F. Enhance property values and increase economic and financial benefits to the City and its residents and property owners through an active historic recognition and benefits program;

G. Identify as early as possible and resolve conflicts between the preservation of cultural resources and alternative land uses; and

H. Enable owners and lessees of such resources to apply for all financing, tax, land use, and code application benefits permitted by law for such designated historic resources. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

Unless specifically defined below, words or phrases used in this chapter shall be interpreted so as to give them the meaning they have in common usage and to give this chapter its most reasonable application.

A. “Alteration” means an addition, relocation, demolition or any change affecting the exterior visual qualities of a historic resource including, but not limited to, architectural features, visual characteristics, design and materials, excluding routine maintenance.

B. “Commission” means the Coronado Historic Resource Commission.

C. “Contributing resource” means a historic resource that significantly contributes to the historical nature of a Historic District and satisfies the definition of a historic resource under this chapter.

D. “Demolition” means any act that destroys, in whole or in part, the exterior of a historic resource.

E. “Emergency historic resource alteration permit” means a permit issued by the Building Official where such alteration is shown to be immediately necessary to protect the public safety or for preservation of a historic resource.

F. “Exterior architectural feature” means the architectural style, design, general arrangement, components, natural features and all the other surfaces of an improvement, including, but not limited to, the kind and texture of the building material, colors and finishes, and the type and style of all windows, doors, lights, signs, walls, fences, and other fixtures appurtenant to such improvement.

G. “Facade” means the exterior face of a building which is the architectural front, sometimes distinguished from other faces by elaboration of architectural or ornamental details.

H. “Historic District” means a contiguous geographic area containing a multiple number of historic resources that collectively have a special character or special historical, cultural, architectural, archaeological, community or aesthetic value.

I. “Historic resource” means an object, building, structure, or site, which is significant in terms of architectural, engineering, scientific, economic, agricultural, educational, social, political, archaeological, military or cultural history and has been designated as such by the City.

J. “Historic resource alteration permit” means a permit approving a proposed alteration to a historic resource or Historic District.

K. “Historic resource inventory” means a list, maintained by the City, of the designated historic resources within Coronado.

L. “Historic Resource Preservation (Mills Act) Agreement” means an agreement executed between the City and a property owner of a historic resource for a minimum 10-year term providing for property tax savings in exchange for preservation of a designated historic resource.

M. “Noncontributing resource” means a historic resource within a Historic District that does not possess the qualifications or characteristics of a contributing resource, but which has been included within the Historic District because of its geographic location within the Historic District.

N. “Notice of designation” means the notice filed by the City Clerk of the City of Coronado with the County Recorder’s Office to record the designation of a historic resource or Historic District.

O. “Preservation” means the identification, study, protection, restoration, rehabilitation or enhancement of a historic resource.

P. “Relocation” means the change of place of any historic resource.

Q. “Restoration” means the act or process of accurately recovering the form and details of a property and its setting as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of later work or by the replacement of missing earlier work. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

For the purposes of this chapter, a resource may be designated a historic resource by the Historic Resource Commission, and any area within the City may be designated a Historic District by the Historic Resource Commission, if it meets two or more of the criteria set forth in this section and, additionally, must be at least 75 years old or have achieved historic significance within the past 75 years:

A. It exemplifies or reflects special elements of the City’s military, cultural, social, economic, political, aesthetic, engineering, or architectural history;

B. It is identified with a person(s) or an event(s) significant in local, State or national history;

C. It possesses distinctive characteristics of an architectural style, and is valuable for the study of a type, period, or method of construction and has not been substantially altered;

D. It is representative of the notable work of a builder, designer, architect, artisan or landscape professional;

E. It has been listed on or formally determined eligible for the California Register, as set forth in Section 5024.1 of the California Public Resources Code (as amended from time to time);

F. In the case of Historic Districts, at least 75 percent of the buildings within the proposed district (excluding accessory buildings) shall be contributing resources. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

A. Application.

1. An application for historic resource designation involving private property must include the consent of the property owner.

2. An application for designation of a Historic District must include the consent of 75 percent of the owners of contributing resources within the boundaries of the district.

3. An application for historic resource designation shall be submitted to the Community Development Department on forms provided by the City of Coronado Community Development Department.

4. No application fee for a historic resource designation or Historic District designation shall be required.

5. Upon the determination that an application for historic resource designation or Historic District designation is complete, the Community Development Department shall set the application for public hearing at the next available Commission meeting.

B. Historic Resource Commission Hearing.

1. The Community Development Department shall provide notice of the date, place, time and purpose of the hearing at least 10 days prior to the date of the public hearing by posting at City Hall, publication once in a newspaper of general, local circulation, and mailing notice through first class mail to the applicant and private owners of the proposed resource(s) and all property owners within 300 feet of said resource(s).

2. The applicant/property owner(s) or applicant/property owner(s) representative shall attend the public hearing.

3. The Historic Resource Commission shall review the application in reference to the definitions and designation criteria set forth in this chapter.

4. Not later than 21 days following the close of a public hearing on any designation request, the Historic Resource Commission shall, by resolution, approve, conditionally approve or deny the designation request. The resolution shall also recite the reasons and facts for said determination.

5. The decision of the Commission shall become final 10 calendar days after the adoption of the resolution unless a notice of appeal to the City Council is filed with the City Clerk in accordance with Chapter 1.12 CMC.

6. If the designation is approved or conditionally approved by the Historic Resource Commission or by the City Council upon appeal, the City Clerk shall cause a notice of designation to be recorded in the Office of the County Recorder. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2025 § 20, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

For the purposes of this chapter, no person shall alter, relocate or demolish a historic resource or contributing resource within a Historic District without first having obtained a historic resource alteration permit in compliance with Chapter 84.20 CMC. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

(Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

(Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

(Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

An owner of a historic resource is eligible to apply for the preservation benefits identified below:

A. Mills Act. An owner of a historic resource is eligible to apply to the City for a Historic Resource Preservation (Mills Act) Agreement in accordance with the resolution adopted by the City Council.

B. Flexibility in Land Uses and Adaptive Reuse.

1. In any Residential Zone, a historic resource may be used as a residential use, a combined residential and commercial use, solely as a commercial use, or any other use permitted by the City Council through a major special use permit.

2. Property owners of multiple-family dwelling apartment complexes containing three or more dwelling units may, upon successful designation as a historic resource, make application to subdivide said property to condominiums in accordance with the procedures set forth in Chapter 82.40 CMC. Any such application for conversion of a designated historic resource will be exempt from the vacancy factor requirements of CMC 82.40.100(F)(2).

C. Parking Standards. An owner of a historic resource in a Residential Zone is eligible to apply for a historic resource alteration permit for a waiver or reduction in the number of required parking spaces, or modifications to size, location, access or setback requirements for parking.

D. Zoning Regulations. An owner of a historic resource in a Residential Zone is eligible to apply for a historic resource alteration permit to utilize existing building setbacks and building heights when an alteration is proposed to a designated historic resource, and when the proposed alteration would exceed floor area ratio and/or lot coverage standards. Any historic resource alteration permit seeking to utilize existing building setbacks and building heights or exceed floor area ratio or lot coverage standards requires City Council approval in accordance with CMC 84.20.090(G).

E. Building Permit Fees. An owner of a historic resource shall be exempt from building permit fees with the exception of direct costs the City incurs through the plan check process (i.e., consultant plan check fees) for resources identified on the historic resource inventory.

F. Planning Application Fees. An owner of a historic resource shall be exempt from planning application fees with the exception of environmental consultant fees for resources identified on the historic resource inventory.

G. Density Bonus. An owner of a historic resource in a Residential Zone is eligible to apply for a historic resource alteration permit for a density bonus. A density bonus would allow an increase in the number of dwelling units that would normally be permitted in the underlying zone. The density bonus is only allowed within an existing historic resource. Any historic resource alteration permit seeking to utilize a density bonus requires City Council approval in accordance with CMC 84.20.090(G).

H. Building Code Deviations. All repairs, alterations, restoration, or changes in use of historic resources in a Historic District may utilize and conform to the Standards of the California Historical Building Code as an alternative to complying with building standards set forth in Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

I. Design Review Exemption. A property listed on the historic resource inventory that would normally be subject to the Design Review Commission process as specified in CMC Title 80 shall be exempt.

J. Official Recognition. An owner of a historic resource identified on the historic resource inventory shall receive a special designation plaque for the historic resource. The Historic Resource Commission will administer the program.

K. Financial Benefits. An owner of a historic resource is eligible to apply for local, State and national financial benefits. The Historic Resource Commission shall develop and recommend to the City Council from time to time certain economic and other benefits to support the preservation, maintenance and appropriate rehabilitation of historic resources. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

A. Prior to submitting an application for a Historic Resource Preservation (Mills Act) Agreement, the owner shall schedule a pre-application review conference with the City. The purpose of the pre-application review conference is to ensure that mandatory terms of the Agreement are understood and that the minimum submittal requirements are met.

B. Once an application has been determined to be complete, the City staff shall forward it to the Historic Resource Commission for review at a noticed public hearing. The Historic Resource Commission shall consider the proposed list of improvements, make recommendations for amendments to said list, and shall make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the proposed list of improvements.

C. Following receipt of the Historic Resource Commission recommendation, the City Council shall consider the Historic Resource Preservation (Mills Act) Agreement, along with the list of recommended improvements, at a noticed public hearing. The City Council will be provided with information regarding the estimated fiscal impact on City and Community Development Agency funds with the Agreement request along with information identifying the estimated cumulative impact on City and Community Development Agency funds with the addition of a new Historic Resource Preservation Agreement.

D. After completion of the public hearing, the City Council shall either approve, conditionally approve, or deny the request.

E. Once the Historic Resource Preservation Agreement has been approved by the City Council, the Agreement shall be executed by the property owner(s) and the City. No later than 20 days after the Agreement is properly executed, the City Clerk shall forward the Agreement to the County Recorder’s Office for recording. The recorded copy will be returned to the City for submission to the County Tax Assessor’s Office for implementation. In accordance with State law, no properly executed Mills Act Agreement may take effect until it has been recorded and submitted to the County Tax Assessor’s Office. All approved Agreements must be executed on or before December 1st of each year in order to take effect for the following property tax year.

F. The Mills Act Program Agreements shall be administered as set forth in Sections 50280 et seq. of the Government Code and Sections 439.2 et seq. of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of any exterior elements of a historic resource that does not involve a change in design, material or appearance unless specified in a historic designation resolution. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

The owner, occupant or other person in actual charge of a historic resource, or historic resource(s) located within a Historic District, shall keep in good repair the exterior portions of all such historic resource(s), and interior components thereof whose maintenance is necessary to prevent deterioration and decay of any exterior element of a historic resource(s). (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

Enforcement of this chapter shall be as set forth in Chapter 86.54 CMC. (Ord. 2029 § 1, 2011; Ord. 2018 § 4 (Att. C), 2010)

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