[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodbury 7-25-1989 by Ord. No. 1594-89. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created in and for the City of Woodbury an Historic Preservation Commission.
The Historic Preservation Commission shall consist of seven regular members and may have not more than two alternate members. There shall be three members of Classes A and B, with at least one member each of Class A and Class B, and four members of Class C. Class qualifications shall be as follows:
Class A: a person who is knowledgeable in building and design and construction or architectural history and who may reside outside the municipality.
Class B: a person who is knowledgeable in or with a demonstrated interest in local history and who may reside outside the municipality.
Class C: a citizen of the municipality who shall hold no other municipal office, position or employment, except for membership on the Planning Board or Board of Adjustment.
Alternate members shall meet the qualifications of Class C members.
The Mayor shall appoint all members of the Commission and shall designate at the time of appointment the regular members by class and the alternate members, if any, as "Alternate No. 1" and "Alternate No. 2."
The term of the members first appointed shall expire in the following manner:
One each of Class A and Class B members shall serve initial terms of four years.
One Class A or Class B member shall serve an initial term of three years.
One Class C member shall serve an initial term of four years; one Class C member shall serve an initial term of three years; one Class C member shall serve an initial term of two years, and one Class C member shall serve an initial term of one year.
One alternate member shall serve an initial term of two years, and one alternate member shall serve an initial term of one year.
Thereafter, the term of a regular member shall be four years, and the term of an alternate member shall be two years.
A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term only and done so by the Mayor within 30 days of the vacancy. Notwithstanding any other provision herein, the term of any member common to the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Board shall be for the term of membership on the Planning Board, and the term of any member common to the Historic Preservation Commission and the Board of Adjustment shall be for the term of membership on the Board of Adjustment.
The Historic Preservation Commission shall elect a Chair and Vice Chair from its members and shall select a Secretary, who may or may not be a member of the Historic Preservation Commission or a municipal employee.
The Commission shall create rules and procedures for the transaction of its business, subject to the following regulations:
A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of four of the Commission's members, including the Chair or, in his or her absence, the Vice Chair.
The Secretary shall keep minutes and records of all meetings and proceedings, including voting records, attendance, resolutions, findings, determinations and decisions. All such material shall be public records.
All meetings shall comply with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.).
Alternate members may participate in discussions of the proceedings but may not vote, except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member. A vote shall not be delayed in order that a regular member may vote instead of an alternate member. In the event that a choice must be made as to which alternate member is to vote, Alternate No. 1 shall vote.
No member of the Historic Preservation Commission shall be permitted to act on any matter in which he or she has, either directly or indirectly, any personal or financial interest.
A member of the Historic Preservation Commission may, after public hearing if he or she requests it, be removed by the governing body for cause. A member may be removed from office after missing three consecutive meetings without cause.
The Commission members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of official business.
The Historic Preservation Commission may employ, contract for and fix the compensation of experts and other staff and services as it shall deem necessary. The Commission shall obtain its legal counsel from the City Solicitor at the rate of compensation determined by the governing body. Expenditures pursuant to this section shall not exceed, exclusive of gifts or grants, the amount appropriated by the governing body for the Commission's use.
[Amended 12-14-2009 by Ord. No. 2110-09]
The Historic Preservation Commission shall have the responsibility to advise the Planning Board on:
The preparation of a survey of historic sites of the City, pursuant to criteria identified in the survey report.
Making recommendations on the historic preservation plan element of the Master Plan and. on the implications for presentation of historic sites of any other Master Plan elements.
The inclusion of historic sites in the recommended capital improvement program.
Advising the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment on applications for development, pursuant to § 202-38B of this Code.
Providing written reports on the application of the provisions of Ch. 202, Zoning, concerning historic preservation.
Reporting annually to the Mayor and Council on the state of historic preservation in the City and recommend measures to improve the same.
Carrying out such other advisory, educational and information functions as will promote historic preservation in the City, or as directed by the Planning Board.
The designation of historic structures and changes or extensions of the boundaries of historic districts and the creation of new historic districts, including the review of national register nominations.
The preparation of design and signage guidelines and standards for unmemorable economic hardships.
Conducting a survey of exteriors of buildings, structures, objects and monuments for the purpose of determining those of historic and/or architectural significance and pertinent facts about them and to maintain and periodically revise the detailed listings (resource inventories) of historic resources, and data about them, appropriately classified with respect to national, state and local significance.
Formulating recommendations concerning the establishment of an appropriate system of markers for selected historic and/or architectural sites and buildings, including proposals for the installation and care of such historic markers.
Formulating recommendations concerning the preparation and publication of maps, brochures and descriptive material about the City's historical and/or architectural sites and buildings.
Advising owners of historic buildings regarding rehabilitation, repairs, maintenance methods and technologies, adaptive use, economic and tax incentives and other historic preservation strategies.
Promoting public interest in the purpose of this chapter by carrying on educational and public relations programs.
Adopting and publishing historic preservation guidelines to facilitate reviews and establish design standards for the Historic Districts. Guidelines shall include: the broad historic values and the relationship of buildings and structures to historic personages or events; significant architectural types; effects of the proposed changes on the architectural nature of the district; appropriateness of exterior architectural features that can be seen from the public right-of-way; the general design, arrangement, texture and material of a building or structure and the relationship of such features to other features of buildings or structures in the district; the height of new and modified buildings or structures; and the financial feasibility of its recommendations based upon unreasonable cost for repair or replacement in kind of whole or part of a building or structure.
The Planning Board and Board of Adjustment shall submit to the Historic Preservation Commission a copy of every application submitted to either Board for development in historic zoning districts or on historic sites designated on the Zoning or Official Map or in any component element of the Master Plan. The Historic Preservation Commission shall provide its advice, which shall be conveyed through its delegation of one of its members or staff to testify orally at the hearing on the application and to explain any written reports which may have been submitted.
All applications for issuance of permits pertaining to historic sites or property in historic districts shall be referred to the Historic Preservation Commission for a written report on the application of the Zoning Ordinance provisions concerning historic preservation, to any of those aspects of the proposed change, which aspects were not determined by approval of an application for development by a municipal agency pursuant to the Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.
The Historic Preservation Commission shall report to the Planning Board within 30 days of its referral of an application to the Historic Preservation Commission. The Planning Board shall review such advisory recommendation in making a final decision on the application. It may accept or reject the advisory opinion of the Commission or attach such conditions to approval as may be consistent with historic preservation guidelines or the Municipal Land Use Law, N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq. Failure of the Commission to report within the thirty-day period shall be deemed to constitute a report in favor of issuance of the permit and without the recommendation of conditions to the permit.