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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 24.12 General Provisions

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Chapter 24.12
General Provisions

Sections:

24.12.010 Existing historic districts and Landmarks.
24.12.020 Maintenance of register of designations and public docket of heritage appeals.
24.12.030 Waiver of certain building and maintenance standards.
24.12.040 Amendment or removal of designations.
24.12.050 Permit granting for demolition.
24.12.060 Consideration of permit application.

24.12.010 Existing historic districts and Landmarks.

A. Neither this title, nor the repeal by the ordinance codified in this title of Ordinance 57986, shall be construed to invalidate, discontinue or detract from the designation of any Historic District or Landmark or Landmark Site made prior to the effective date of said ordinance pursuant to Ordinance 57986 or any other previous ordinance of the City.

B. All Historic Districts designated as such pursuant to Ordinance 57986 or any other previous ordinance of the City and existing within the City on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this title shall from such effective date be deemed Historic Districts under this title, and subject to the controls and provisions of this title. The development plan incorporated in the ordinance designating the particular Historic District and the standards contained in or appended to such plan shall be deemed to be the Historic District plan and Historic District standards applicable to such Historic District for purposes of reviewing applications for permits required under Sections 24.20.010 through 24.20.120 of this title for the construction, demolition or alteration of Improvements within the Historic District. Within four years from the effective date of said ordinance, the Preservation Board shall review the plan and standards applicable to each such Historic District and shall recommend to the Planning Commission and the Board of Aldermen such revisions as may be necessary or convenient to bring such plan and standards into conformance with the provisions of this title, but such revisions shall not become effective until and unless approved by Planning Commission and by ordinance. The recommended revisions shall take into account changes in circumstances or conditions of or affecting the Historic District, the intent of this title, and the significant features or characteristics of the Historic District that were the basis of the original Historic District designation.

C. All Landmarks designated as such pursuant to Ordinance 57986 or any other previous ordinance of the City and existing within the City on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this title shall be from such effective date be deemed to be Landmarks under this title and shall be subject to the controls and provisions of this title. Within two years from the effective date of this said ordinance, the Preservation Board shall prepare and recommend to the Planning Commission and the Board of Aldermen a Landmark preservation plan and Landmark standards in conformancewith this title for each such Landmark subject to the controls and provisions of this title. In preparing such plan and standards, the Preservation Board shall consider the advice and comments of the Board of Public Service, the Owner(s) of record, and other interested parties. Such plan and standards shall not become effective until and unless approved by the Planning Commission and by ordinance. Until Landmark standards have been approved for a particular Landmark, all applications for permits pursuant to Sections 24.20.010 through 24.20.120 with respect to such Landmark shall be automatically referred to the Cultural Resources Director for review by the Preservation Board or the Cultural Resources Director (as provided by the rules of the Preservation Board); in reviewing the application, the Preservation Board or Cultural Resources Director shall consider whether the proposed work would adversely affect the characteristics of the Landmark which were the basis for its designation as a Landmark, whether there have been changes in the circumstances or conditions in or affecting the Landmark since its designation, and other relevant considerations, such as the availability of economically feasible alternatives to the proposed work.
(Ord. 64689 10, 1999.)

24.12.020 Maintenance of register of designations and public docket of heritage appeals.

The Cultural Resources Office shall maintain for the City a register of all Landmark, Landmark Site and Historic District designations and shall periodically transmit an updated copy of such register to the building commissioner and to the Agency Director, together with a map or maps of the City showing the location and extent of all Improvements, sites and Historic Districts so designated. The Preservation Board shall maintain for each ward a public docket of requests for appeals from staff decisions, which docket shall identify the nature and location of the proposed construction or alteration and the name and address of the Applicant for permit and appellant. Such docket shall be prepared each month and shall be available for public inspection in the office of the Preservation Board. A copy of such docket shall be transmitted to the building commissioner and each member of the Preservation Board not less than ten (10) days prior to consideration by the Preservation Board of any appeal.
(Ord. 64689 11, 1999.)

24.12.030 Waiver of certain building and maintenance standards.

Insofar as they are applicable to a Landmark, Landmark Site or Improvement in an Historic District, any provision of the building, housing maintenance and fire prevention codes of the City or of the minimum nonresidential standards law, may be varied or waived, on application, by the building commissioner or, with respect to the Fire Prevention Code, by the Fire Marshal, provided that the construction or alteration as contemplated will provide substantially equivalent safety and assurance of public health as would be otherwise required by such provisions.
(Ord. 64689 12, 1999.)

24.12.040 Amendment or removal of designations.

A. From time to time, an overriding public need or interest may be served by the removal or amendment of any Landmark or Landmark Site or Historic District designation or portion thereof. In such event, any interested citizen or Owner of property within the Historic District, Landmark or Landmark Site or any interested public agency may file a petition with the Preservation Board requesting amendment or removal of specified sites or Improvements from the register of designated sites and districts. Such petitions shall be made in such manner as the Preservation Board shall prescribe.

B. Upon receipt of such a petition for amendment or removal of designation, the Preservation Board shall have sixty (60) days to consider the petition, to solicit public comment and to ascertain the nature of the overriding public need or interest. In considering the petition, the Preservation Board may:

1. Recommend approval of the petition;

2. Recommend approval of the petition with such modifications or conditions as the Preservation Board shall deem appropriate;

3. Recommend disapproval of the petition.

If such a petition is recommended for approval, with or without conditions or modifications, then the Preservation Board shall cause to be prepared a bill providing for the desired amendments or for removal of sites or Improvements from the register of designated Landmarks and Historic Districts in accordance with the approved petition and shall transmit a copy thereof to the petitioner, the mayor, the Planning Commission, and the clerk of the Board of Aldermen, together with recommendations of the Preservation Board.

If the Preservation Board recommends disapproval of the petition, the Preservation Board shall state its reasons therefor and the alternatives to the proposed amendment or removal of sites or Improvements from the register of designated Landmarks and Historic Districts and shall forward a copy thereof to the petitioner, the Planning Commission, the mayor and the clerk of the Board of Aldermen.

C. After a bill for removal or amendment of a Landmark, Landmark Site or Historic District designation or portion thereof is introduced in the Board of Aldermen and assigned to the Board of Aldermen's appropriate standing committee, said bill shall not be voted on by the Board of Aldermen until a public hearing is held by the committee. Notice of the hearing shall be given by publication and placards in a manner substantially similar to that provided in Sections 24.16.110 and 24.16.210 of this title for original designations. Upon passage by the Board of Aldermen and approval by the mayor of any bill amending a designation or removing sites or Improvements from the register of Landmarks or Historic Districts, the clerk of the Board of Aldermen shall forthwith file a copy of the approved ordinance with the recorder of deeds, the Board of Aldermen, the building commissioner, and the Planning and Urban Design Agency.
(Ord. 64689 13, 1999.)

24.12.050 Permit granting for demolition.

Except where immediate demolition is necessary in order to protect the public safety, the building commissioner shall give forty-five days' prior notice to the Cultural Resources Director of the building commissioner's intent to grant a permit for demolition of an Improvement within a Historic District, and if the Preservation Board or Cultural Resources Director notifies the building commissioner within such forty-five day period that demolition of the Improvement would violate the Historic District standards or the Historic District plan for the Historic District in which the Improvement is situated, the building commissioner shall deny the application for permit. Any person aggrieved by such denial may appeal such denial to the Preservation Board pursuant to Section 24.20.060 of this title.

Where immediate demolition is necessary in order to protect the public safety, the building Commissioner shall immediately notify the Cultural Resources Director and the chairman of the Preservation Board of his decision.
(Ord. 64689 14, 1999.)

24.12.060 Consideration of permit application.

If the proposed construction, alteration or demolition is not covered by any duly approved Historic District standard for the Historic District in which the Improvement is situated, the application for permit shall be reviewed pursuant to Section 24.20.040 of this title.
(Ord. 64689 15, 1999.)


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