Borough of Columbia, PA
Lancaster County
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An Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) is hereby erected and established with its members to be appointed by Borough Council.
The HARB shall be composed of not less than five members and, of those: one member shall be a registered architect; one member shall be a licensed real estate broker; one member shall be the Building Inspector; and the remaining members shall be property owners who reside in the historic district who have a demonstrated interest, knowledge, ability, experience or expertise in restoration, historic rehabilitation, or neighborhood conservation or revitalization and who have an interest in the preservation of the historic district.
A. 
Except as set forth in Subsection B of this section, members shall serve terms of five years.
B. 
Upon adoption of this chapter, Borough Council shall appoint persons to serve as members of the HARB for the following terms, it being understood that following expiration of those initial terms all subsequent appointees shall serve the term set forth in Subsection A of this section:
(1) 
One member shall be appointed for a term of one year;
(2) 
One member shall be appointed for a term of two years;
(3) 
One member shall be appointed for a term of three years;
(4) 
One (two if more than a five-member board) member(s) shall be appointed for a term of four years; and
(5) 
One (two if more than a five-member board) member(s) shall be appointed for a term of five years.
C. 
Vacancies on the HARB shall be filled by Borough Council within 90 days. Should Borough Council fail to fill any vacancy within that period, the HARB may petition the Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County to fill the vacancy.
D. 
The position of any member of HARB appointed in his capacity as a registered architect, building official or licensed real estate broker who ceases to be so engaged shall be automatically considered vacant.
E. 
Any appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the unexpired portion of the term of the vacancy being filled.
F. 
Any HARB member may be removed for misconduct or wrongdoing or failure to perform his responsibilities pursuant to this chapter, or for other just cause by a majority vote of the Borough Council, which vote shall not be taken until the HARB member has been given the opportunity of a hearing before Borough Council regarding the alleged infractions or acts of misconduct.
G. 
HARB members shall serve without compensation.
A. 
All HARB members who determine that they have a conflict of interest in any matter before the HARB shall, promptly upon determining that such a conflict exists, disqualify themselves from participating in any manner, publicly or privately, in the presentation, discussion or deliberation of and the voting on any such matter and shall absent themselves from the room in which the presentation, discussion, deliberation and/or vote is occurring. When disqualifying themselves, the HARB members should publicly announce the nature of the conflict of interest as a public record in a written memorandum filed with the person responsible for keeping the minutes of the meeting of the HARB during which the vote on such matter is taken.
B. 
In addition to those items set forth as conflicts of interest in the State Ethics Code, a HARB member shall have a conflict of interest in any matter before the HARB in which their own or a family member's financial interests are directly or indirectly involved.
A. 
The HARB shall give recommendations to the Borough Council regarding the advisability of issuing any certificate of appropriateness required in accordance with Act 167, as amended, and this chapter.
B. 
The HARB may establish, adopt and/or amend rules and regulations for its own operations and procedures, provided, however, that such rules and regulations are consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Borough of Columbia and this chapter.
C. 
The HARB may employ secretarial and professional assistance and incur other necessary expenses with the approval of Borough Council. Such services and expenses shall be paid for by the Borough.
D. 
The HARB shall meet publicly at regularly scheduled intervals. The meeting schedule shall be established and published annually. The HARB may hold any additional meetings it deems necessary to carry out its powers and duties as set forth in this chapter. All meetings shall be open to the public and shall have a quorum of HARB members.
E. 
A majority of HARB members shall constitute a quorum and action taken at any meeting shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the HARB members present.
F. 
The members of HARB shall make an annual report to Borough Council that shall include:
(1) 
Any recommendations for changes to this chapter;
(2) 
The number and types of cases reviewed;
(3) 
The number of cases for which a certificate of appropriateness was either approved or denied;
(4) 
The number of HARB meetings which each member attended;
(5) 
A narrative summary describing the state of historic preservation in the historic district with recommendations in policy, goals, and objectives for the Borough Council to consider.
G. 
HARB members are required to attend at least eight hours annually of seminars, conferences, or workshops related to historic preservation and HARB administration.
Additional duties of the HARB shall be as follows:
A. 
To conduct a survey of buildings, structures, objects and monuments for the purpose of determining those of historic and/or architectural significance and pertinent facts about them; to act in coordination with the Borough Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and other appropriate groups; and to maintain and periodically revise and update the survey in accordance or consistent with PHMC's "Cultural Resource Management in Pennsylvania: Guidelines for Historic Resource Surveys";
B. 
To propose, from time to time as deemed appropriate, the establishment of additional historic districts and revisions to the existing historic district;
C. 
To formulate recommendations concerning the establishment of an appropriate system of markers for selected historical and/or architectural sites and buildings, including proposals for the installation and care of such historic markers;
D. 
To formulate recommendations concerning the preparation and publication of maps, brochures and descriptive materials about the Borough and its historic and/or architectural sites and buildings;
E. 
To cooperate with and advise Borough Council, the Borough Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, and other groups, as appropriate, in matters involving historically and/or architecturally significant sites and buildings (such as appropriate land usage, parking facilities and signs, as well as adherence to lot dimensional regulations and minimum structural standards);
F. 
To cooperate with and enlist assistance from the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and other agencies and persons, public and private, from time to time, concerned with the preservation of historic sites, structures and buildings;
G. 
To advise owners of historic buildings and structures regarding rehabilitation, repairs, maintenance methods and technologies, adaptive uses, economic and tax incentives and other historic preservation strategies; and
H. 
To promote public interest in the purpose of this chapter by carrying on educational and public relations programs.