Town of Randolph, MA
Norfolk County
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There is hereby established pursuant to General Laws, Chapter 40C, as amended, (the "Massachusetts Historic Districts Act"), a Randolph Historic District Commission (the "Commission"), with all the powers and duties legally assigned thereunto.
The Historic District Commission established hereunder shall have all of the powers and duties of an historic district commission as delineated by the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act. Said Commission may, in the exercise of said powers and duties, accept money, gifts and expend the same, and, subject to appropriation or receipt of such gifts, contract for and employ such clerical assistants or technical consultants or assistants as the Commission may, in its discretion, find suitable.
The Commission may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business as are not inconsistent with the provisions of the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act, the General Laws, this chapter, or other ordinances of the Town of Randolph.
The Commission shall create and maintain a list of properties of historic significance architecturally or otherwise in the Town of Randolph.
The Commission may, if requested by the Town pursuant to a vote of the Town Council with the approval of the Town Manager, administer for the Town of Randolph any designated properties or lesser property interests which the Town may own or may acquire as gifts.
The Commission shall carry out such other duties, authorities and powers as may be delegated or assigned unto it by vote of the Town Council.
The Commission shall be empowered to propose, from time to time and in accordance with the provisions of the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act, such additional historic districts or changes to existing historic districts as the Commission may deem suitable, and, to that end, said Commission may cooperate with and enlist assistance for the Town of Randolph from the National Register, the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities or other similar agencies, public and private, as it may deem advisable.
A. 
Said Commission shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the Town Manager with confirmation from the Town Council, to be selected as follows:
(1) 
One (1) member shall be selected, if possible, from two (2) nominees whose names are submitted by the Randolph Historical Society;
(2) 
One (1) member shall be selected, if possible, from two (2) nominees who are local licensed Realtors covering the Town of Randolph.
(3) 
One (1) member shall be selected, if possible, from two (2) nominees who are licensed Architects covering the Town of Randolph.
(4) 
One (1) member shall be selected, if possible, from two (2) nominees who are licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and whose law practices cover the Town of Randolph.
(5) 
If within thirty (30) days after submission of a written request for nominees to an organization entitled to submit nominations for membership on the Commission no such nominations have been made the appointing authority may proceed to make the appointment to the Commission without nomination by such organization.
(6) 
At any given time, three (3) of the appointees serving upon the Randolph Historic District Commission shall be property owners and live within the Historic District in Randolph established pursuant to the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act unless, on account of the small number of residents or individual property owners living in Randolph Historic Districts, there are an insufficient number of such volunteers or nominees who are willing to serve on the Commission.
B. 
When the Commission is first established, two (2) members shall be appointed for terms of one (1) year, two (2) shall be appointed for terms of two (2) years, and three (3) shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years. A successor to a member shall be appointed in the same manner as such member was appointed, except that the successor's term shall be for three (3) years.
C. 
If an unscheduled vacancy occurs on the Commission, it shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the vacating member was appointed.
D. 
Each member shall serve without compensation and shall continue in office after the expiration of the allotted term, until such time as that member's successor is appointed.
E. 
The Commission shall elect annually a chair and vice-chair from its own number and a secretary from within or without its number.
Except as permitted under the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act or as otherwise provided in this chapter, no building or structure within an historic district shall be constructed or altered in any way that affects exterior architectural features unless the Commission shall first have issued a certificate of appropriateness, a certificate of non-applicability or a certificate of hardship with respect to such construction or alteration, as described under the Massachusetts Historic Districts Act.
Any person who desires to obtain a certificate from the Commission shall file with the Commission an application for a certificate of appropriateness, a certificate of non-applicability or a certificate of hardship, as the case may be, in such form as the Commission may reasonably determine, together with such plans, elevations, specifications, material and other information, including in the case of demolition or removal a statement of the proposed condition and appearance of the property thereafter, as may be reasonably deemed necessary by the Commission to enable it to make a determination on the application.
The Commission shall have sixty (60) days to act on any request once a completed application and plans have been submitted to the Commission. In the event of failure by the Commission to act within that sixty (60) days, except in the occurrence of mutually agreed extension, the applicant will receive approval by default. In calculating sixty (60) days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall not be counted toward the sixty (60) days.
No building permit for construction of a building or structure or for alteration of an exterior architectural feature within an historic district and no demolition permit for demolition or removal of a building or structure within an historic district shall be issued until the certificate required by this section has been issued by the Commission.
All buildings in an historic district shall be eligible for low interest loans and/or grants from Community Preservation Funds under Historic Preservation for exterior alterations that improve the historical integrity of a property. Those items eligible shall be only items which the Historic District Commission has regulatory authority over.
The Community Preservation Committee working with the Historic District Commission shall promulgate criteria for parcels to be eligible for such funds. Nothing in this chapter shall require the Community Preservation Committee to appropriate more monies than are reasonably available and they may limit the amount of funds in any given fiscal year.
Whoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter may, in addition to such other penalty as may be provided by law, be subject to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100), imposed by the Commission through the Building Commissioner or the Building Commissioner's designee, as a noncriminal disposition pursuant to Chapter 40, Section 21D, of the Massachusetts General Laws. Each day during any portion of which a violation continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense.