Chapter 17.87
HISTORIC FEATURES

Sections:

17.87.010    Procedure for establishing or designating historic feature designation.

17.87.020    Notice of hearing.

17.87.030    Hearing.

17.87.040    Notice of designation.

17.87.050    Entry in the register of historic features.

17.87.010 Procedure for establishing or designating historic feature designation.

The planning commission, on its own initiative, or by the directive of the city council, or upon application of the owner of any feature, may consider whether a feature should be designated as an historic feature, or whether a feature designated as an historic feature should have that designation dropped and thereby be removed from the register of historic features. Applications submitted by owners or their agents shall be upon such forms as designated by the community development director, shall contain a description of the feature and any proposed alterations of the feature, and such other information as the community development director shall specify. (Ord. 515 § 4 (part), 1982)

17.87.020 Notice of hearing.

Ten days prior to either planning commission or city council hearing, written notice shall be mailed to the owner of the feature. The community development director may also notify any other persons whom the community development director determines may be interested. (Ord. 515 § 4 (part), 1982)

17.87.030 Hearing.

The planning commission and city council deliberation shall take place at a public hearing. In making the determination whether a particular feature should be designated as an historic feature the commission or council, in order to have a feature designated as historic, must make the following findings:

A. That the potential historic feature evidences one or more of the following qualities:

1. The proposed feature is particularly representative of a distinct historic period, type, style, or way of life,

2. The proposed feature is an example of a type of building once common in Capitola but now rare,

3. The proposed feature is of greater age than most other features serving the same function,

4. The proposed feature is connected with a business or use which was once common but is now rare,

5. The architect or builder is historically important,

6. The site is the location of an important historic event,

7. The proposed feature is identified with historic persons or important events in local, state, or national history,

8. The architecture, the materials used in construction, or the difficulty or ingenuity of construction associated with the proposed feature are significantly unusual or remarkable,

9. The proposed historic feature by its location and setting materially contributes to the historic character of the city,

10. The proposed historic feature is a long established feature of the city,

11. The proposed historic feature is a long established feature of the city, or is a prominent and identifying feature of the landscape and is of sufficient aesthetic importance to be preserved;

B. That the designation, as an historic feature, will not deprive the owner of all reasonable use of his or her property;

C. That after weighing the detriments of the designation to the owner against the value of the public interest in the designation, the designation is worthwhile. (Ord. 515 § 4 (part), 1982)

17.87.040 Notice of designation.

After any feature has been designated by the city council as an historic feature, the community development director shall, in writing, notify the owner at the owner’s last known address, or if such address is not reasonably available to the community development director, then the notice shall be directed to the address of the feature. (Ord. 515 § 4 (part), 1982)

17.87.050 Entry in the register of historic features.

On final city council determination, the city clerk shall add or delete the feature from the register of historic features. (Ord. 515 § 4 (part), 1982)