[Ord. No. 871 §1, 5-18-2005]
The Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Dardenne Prairie is hereby created and established.
[Ord. No. 871 §2, 5-18-2005]
The Commission shall be composed of not less than five (5) nor more than nine (9) members who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Board of Aldermen, and who shall serve for an indefinite term.
[Ord. No. 871 §3, 5-18-2005]
To conduct ongoing surveys and research to identify and document buildings, structures, objects, sites and districts that are of historic, archaeological, architectural, engineering, cultural or scenic significance to the locality, the State or the nation;
To recommend to the Board of Aldermen designation of significant historic properties as historic landmarks and historic districts, to prepare documentation supporting such nomination and to maintain a register of designated landmarks and districts and of significant historical, architectural and archaeological properties;
To recommend to the Board of Aldermen the establishment of regulations, guidelines and policies to preserve the integrity and ambience of designated landmarks and districts. The Commission shall have the authority to review ordinary maintenance as deemed appropriate, new construction, alterations, removals and demolitions proposed within the boundaries of a landmark or district, including review of plans for vacant lots and non-historic buildings and structures;
To provide technical assistance to owners of older and historic, architectural, archaeological, cultural and scenic properties concerning the preservation and maintenance of the property;
To recommend to the Board of Aldermen programs and policies and economic incentives to encourage the preservation of significant historic landmarks and districts;
To prepare a comprehensive historic preservation plan, or a preservation element to a master plan, to integrate the preservation program into the local government for planning and zoning for land use, building and fire codes, special use permits, community revitalization and heritage tourism;
To participate in the conduct of land use, urban renewal and other City activities affecting landmarks and districts; and
To acquire by purchase, gift or bequest fee title or lesser interest, including preservation restriction or easements, in designated properties and adjacent or associated lands which are important for the preservation and use of the designated properties.
[Ord. No. 871 §5, 5-18-2005]
Commission members should, to the extent available, be persons with demonstrated interest or expertise in historic preservation. Representatives of historical societies and residents of historic districts are encouraged as members.
[Ord. No. 871 §6, 5-18-2005]
The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.
[Ord. No. 871 §7, 5-18-2005]
Final action on any pending residential or commercial development may be deferred by order of a majority of the Board of Aldermen. The order requiring deferral of action shall include specific factual findings demonstrating that a particular building, structure, object, site or district that is of historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering, cultural or scenic significance to the locality, the State or the nation is or may be threatened by the pending development proposal and shall provide for periodic review of the continuing need for such deferral at each subsequent regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen following adoption of the order.
Any order directing deferral of action on a pending development proposal shall be personally served on the applicant by the City's Code Enforcement Officer and shall also be served by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address of record for the applicant.