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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 24.16 Designation of Historic Districts and Landmarks  Part II

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Chapter 24.16
Designation of Historic Districts and Landmarks 
Part II Designation of Landmarks or Landmark Sites

Sections:

24.16.140 Generally--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.
24.16.150 Petition filing requirements--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.
24.16.160 Distribution and review of petition--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.
24.16.170 Hearing on petition--Landmark/Landmark site designation.
24.16.180 Determination--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.
24.16.190 Preparation of designation bill upon approval of petition--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.
24.16.200 Procedure upon disapproval of petition--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.
24.16.210 Landmark/Landmark Site designation bill--Notice of pendency.
24.16.220 Landmark/Landmark Site designation bill--Copy filing.
24.16.230 Revision of Landmark standards.

24.16.140 Generally--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.

A. Notwithstanding its present zoning district designation, any site or Improvement together with the immediately adjacent premises may be designated a Landmark and/or Landmark Site, by ordinance, provided that the Preservation Board finds that the site or Improvement meets one or more of the criteria set out in Section 24.16.010.

B. A site or Improvement may be submitted for designation as a Landmark and/or Landmark through Site as provided in Sections 24.16.150 through 24.16.220.
(Ord. 64689 29, 1999.)

24.16.150 Petition filing requirements--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.

A petition shall be filed in the Office of the Preservation Board on such forms and in such manner as the Preservation Board may prescribe. Such petition may be initiated by the Owner or Owners of the site or Improvement proposed for designation, by the alderman within whose ward the site or Improvement is situated, or by the Cultural Resources Office on behalf of and at the request of the Preservation Board. The staff of the Cultural Resources Office shall cooperate with the petitioner in the preparation of the petition and shall, upon the petitioner's request, furnish data, reports, graphics and other information and assistance necessary for the preparation of such petition. Each such petition shall include, but not be limited to:

A. A general location map and legal description of the site or Improvement proposed for designation by metes and bounds or other legal description that readily identifies the site or Improvement;

B. A statement documenting the historic, architectural, cultural, archeological or aesthetic significance of the site or Improvement together with an architectural survey map that evaluates the significance of each Improvement and/or topographic feature within the proposed site. The statement shall describe the current economic conditions and environs of the site or Improvement and shall describe the advantages to adjacent property Owners and to the City which may be anticipated as a consequence of designation;

C. A plat at an appropriate scale indicating the existing uses of all Improvements and premises within the proposed site;

D. A general plan for the site or Improvement indicating all planned or proposed (public or private) restoration, development and demolition within the site;

E. Proposed Landmark standards to be applied to the site or Improvement, including, but not limited to, Design and Construction Standards for building facades, setbacks, height, scale, material, color and texture, trim, roof design and landscaping; standards for the design details of all fences, streets and drives, street furniture, signs and landscape materials; and standards for demolition of exterior architectural features;

F. A statement of amendment (if any) to the existing zoning classifications and boundaries necessary to conform to the proposed plan.
(Ord. 64689 30, 1999.)

24.16.160 Distribution and review of petition--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.

A. Within five (5) days after a petition for designation of a Landmark or Landmark Site has been filed as above provided, the Preservation Board shall transmit copies of the petition together with all exhibits and documents appurtenant thereto to the Planning Commission and the Board of Public Service, and if the owner or owners of record of the site or Improvement are not the petitioner, also to the owner or owners of record.

B. Within forty-five (45) days after such transmittal, the Planning Commission and the Board of Public Service shall review the petition and shall transmit to the Preservation Board such advice and recommendations as they may deem appropriate as to: (1) the proposed designation's conformity with the Comprehensive Plan for the City and any applicable neighborhood and development plans; and (2) the degree to which the proposed designation advances the physical development of the City.
(Ord. 64925 13, 14, 2000; prior: Ord. 64689 31, 1999.)

24.16.170 Hearing on petition--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.

The Preservation Board shall, prior to making its determination with respect to the petition, permit the owner of record and any other interested party an opportunity to appear before the Preservation Board and be heard. In its discretion, the Preservation Board may hold a public hearing regarding the proposed designation.
(Ord. 64689 32, 1999.)

24.16.180 Determination--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.

A. After review and consideration of the petition, recommendations of the Board of Public Service and the Planning Commission, and comments received from the Owner(s) and other interested parties, the Preservation Board shall:

1. Approve the petition as submitted; or

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

3. Disapprove the petition.

B. Such determination shall be in writing and shall be made within one hundred twenty (120) days after filing of the petition, or if a public hearing is held, then within sixty (60) days after such public hearing; provided that the Preservation Board may vote to extend such time period to permit additional studies or reports to be completed or for other good and proper cause. The Preservation Board shall promptly notify the petitioner, the mayor, the Planning Commission, the Board of Public Service, the clerk of the Board of Aldermen, and the Owner(s) of record of the Preservation Board's determination.
(Ord. 64689 33, 1999.)

24.16.190 Preparation of designation bill upon approval of petition--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.

In the event of approval of a petition for designation of a Landmark and/or Landmark Site, the Preservation Board shall cause to be prepared a Landmark or Landmark Site designation bill with a Landmark preservation plan for consideration by the Board of Aldermen. The designation bill shall include, but not be limited to, the elements of the petition as described in Section 24.16.150. The Landmark preservation plan shall contain Landmark standards for the regulation of construction and alteration of exterior architectural features of or within the Landmark or Landmark Site and shall provide for the preservation of the significant features or characteristics of the site or Improvement which are the basis for the Landmark designation. Within forty-five (45) days after the Preservation Board's approval of the petition, a copy of such designation bill together with the Landmark preservation plan and Landmark standards shall be transmitted to the clerk of the Board of Aldermen, to the Planning Commission, to the mayor, and to the Owner(s) of record.
(Ord. 64689 34, 1999.)

24.16.200 Procedure upon disapproval of petition--Landmark/Landmark Site designation.

In the event of disapproval of the petition, the Preservation Board shall state the reasons therefor and possible alternatives thereto, and shall forward a copy thereof to the petitioner, the Owner(s) of record, the mayor, the Planning Commission, the Board of Public Service and the clerk of the Board of Aldermen.
(Ord. 64689 35, 1999.)

24.16.210 Landmark/Landmark Site designation bill--Notice of pendency.

After a Landmark or Landmark Site designation bill is introduced in the Board of Aldermen and assigned to the board's appropriate standing committee, said bill shall not be voted on by the board until a public hearing is held by the committee. At least fifteen (15) days prior to the public hearing the committee shall require the clerk of the Board of Aldermen to cause to be published in a daily newspaper of general circulation in the City a notice of the pendency of the designation bill. The notice shall contain a clear description of the location of the proposed Landmark or Landmark Site and the date, time and place of the hearing at which property Owners affected thereby, or others interested therein, may appear before the aforesaid standing committee to be heard. At least ten (10) days prior to the public hearing the clerk of the Board of Aldermen shall cause a placard containing the words "Proposed Landmark Site in This Block" to be printed in large type and erected at each end of every block in which a site is proposed. Such placards shall also have prominently displayed and firmly attached thereto a copy of the notice which appears in the daily newspapers.
(Ord. 64689 36, 1999.)

24.16.220 Landmark/Landmark Site designation bill--Copy filing.

On passage by the Board of Aldermen and approval by the mayor of a Landmark or Landmark Site designation bill, the clerk of the Board of Aldermen shall forthwith file a copy of the Landmark preservation plan with the register and a copy of the ordinance with the recorder of deeds. The Preservation Board shall retain on file in its Office a true copy of the Landmark preservation plan as approved by such ordinance, including the Landmark standards for such Landmark or Landmark Site, and shall transmit a true copy of the Landmark preservation plan with standards to the building commissioner and the Planning and Urban Design Agency. The Cultural Resources Director shall cause to be prepared a notice in recordable form of the designation of the Landmark or Landmark Site and shall cause such notice to be recorded with the recorder of deeds, and the recorder of deeds shall index such notice in the grantor index under the name of the record Owner or Owners of the Landmark or Landmark Site.
(Ord. 64689 37, 1999.)

24.16.230 Revision of Landmark standards.

The Preservation Board shall from time to time review and, if appropriate, recommend to the Planning Commission and Board of Aldermen revisions of the Landmark standards for the various Landmarks and Landmark Sites for the regulation of construction and alteration of Exterior Architectural Features of the particular Landmark or Landmark Site, but such revised standards shall not become effective until and unless approved by the Planning Commission and by ordinance. Such recommended revisions shall take into account changes in circumstances or conditions of or affecting the Landmark or Landmark Site, the intent of this title, and the significant features or characteristics of the site or Improvement which were the basis of the Landmark designation. The Preservation Board shall have the authority to adopt supplemental guidelines to explain, illustrate and implement the Landmark standards, provided that such guidelines shall be consistent with the Landmark or Landmark Site designation ordinance, the Landmark preservation plan and Landmark standards for such Landmark or Landmark Site.
(Ord. 64689 38, 1999.)

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