[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Folcroft 9-10-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-06. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 600.
The purposes of this chapter are:
To identify and provide an opportunity to preserve historic resources which are important to the education, culture, traditions and economic values of the citizens of Folcroft Borough.
To maintain or improve property values in Folcroft Borough.
To foster civic pride in the historical, architectural, cultural and educational accomplishments of Folcroft Borough.
To promote the use of historic resources for the education, pleasure and welfare of all citizens of Folcroft Borough.
To encourage public participation in identifying and preserving historical, architectural and cultural resources through educational programs and general awareness campaigns.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The removal or destruction of all or significant part of a designated historic resource, such that the historic or structural integrity and/or significance of the historic resource is threatened, reduced or lost. Examples of demolition include, but are not limited to:
- A. Moving the designated historic resource to another location.
- B. Removal of any portion of any structural element such as a roof or exterior wall, or of any significant building elements such as cornices, doors, windows, doorways, porches, or chimneys.
- C. Modifying or otherwise altering the character or appearance of an historical setting or landscape.
- DESIGNATED HISTORIC RESOURCE
- Any building, structure, resource, object or site on the National Register of Historic Places or the Folcroft Borough Historical Site List, approved by the Folcroft Borough Historical Commission.
No person shall undertake demolition or alteration on any designated historic resource within the Borough unless a demolition/alternation permit is first obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer.
Except as may be provided herein, the Code Enforcement Officer shall not issue a demolition/alteration permit on any designated historic resource until the Council first reviews and approves the application for a permit upon the affirmative advice of the Borough Historical Commission.
The Historical Commission shall establish, subject to the approval of the Folcroft Borough Council, a permit application process for the demolition or alteration of a designated historic resource.
This chapter shall not be construed to prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of any building or structure, where such work does not require a permit by law, and where the purpose and effect of such work is to correct any deterioration or decay of, or damage to, a building or structure and to restore the same to its condition prior to the occurrence of such deterioration decay or damage.
Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Council or Commission, may, within 30 days after receiving notice of the decision, seek judicial review of that decision in any court of competent jurisdiction. Each applicant shall offer interested citizens the opportunity to obtain photographs, drawings, or other materials they feel would be relevant.
The Folcroft Borough Historical Commission shall adopt a list of historical resources and may add resources to that list that meet one or any combination of the following criteria:
Has significant character, interest, or value as an example of the development, heritage or cultural characteristic of the Borough, the county, the commonwealth or the United States.
Is the site of a significant historic event.
Exemplifies the cultural, political, economic, social or historical heritage of the community.
Is a landmark; that is, an established and familiar visual feature which assists in defining the character of the neighborhood, community or Borough due to its unique location or singular physical characteristic.
May yield or is likely to yield information of importance to the Borough's County's Commonwealth's or nation's history.
Is connected with and played a significant role in the life of an individual whose contribution to the history of the region, the county, the state and/or the nation was of great significance.