City of Ithaca, NY
Tompkins County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Ithaca 7-2-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-04; amended in its entirety 12-4-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-17. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Landmarks preservation — See Ch. 228.
To effectuate the goals of Chapter 228, Landmarks Preservation, there is hereby established in and for the City of Ithaca a commission to be known as the "Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission."
A. 
Membership. The Commission shall consist of seven members plus two alternates, all of whom shall possess a demonstrated significant interest in and commitment to the field of historic preservation as evidenced by involvement in a local, state, or national historic preservation group; employment; education; or volunteer activity in furtherance of historic preservation.
B. 
Appointment. Members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Common Council. Three members shall be selected, each of whom shall possess professional qualifications evidencing expertise in historic preservation, architecture, City planning or building construction. The four remaining members shall be selected from the community at large. In filling two of these four at-large seats, preference will be given to individuals who possess demonstrated expertise in commercial or business activity, including, but not limited to, banking or real estate.
C. 
Terms. The original appointments of the members of the Commission shall be three for one year, two for two years and two for three years from January following the year of such appointment, or until their successor is named to serve out the unexpired portion of their term of appointment, or until their successor is appointed to serve for the term of three years.
D. 
Vacancies. Vacancies occurring in the Commission other than by expiration of term of office shall be filled by appointment by the Mayor, but such appointment shall be only for the unexpired portion of the term of the member replaced.
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Reappointment. Members may serve for more than one term, and each member shall serve until the appointment of a successor.
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Method of selection to fill vacancies. Vacancies shall be filled by the Mayor according to the original selection as aforesaid.
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Compensation. Members shall serve without compensation.
H. 
Quorum. A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
A. 
Officers. The Landmarks Preservation Commission shall elect from its membership a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson whose terms of office shall be fixed by the Commission. The Chairperson shall preside over the Commission and shall have the right to vote. The Vice Chairperson shall, in cases of absence or disability of the Chairperson, perform the duties of the Chairperson.
B. 
Alternates. The Chairperson, or in their absence, the Vice-chairperson, shall designate an alternate to serve when a regular member is faced with a conflict of interest. When so designated, the alternate shall possess all the powers and responsibilities of the regular member. Alternates shall be designated at the time of their appointment as "Alternate 1" and "Alternate 2," and shall be called upon to serve on a rotating basis.
C. 
Secretary. The Director of Planning and Development or his/her designee shall serve as the Secretary to the Commission. The Secretary shall keep a record of all resolutions, proceedings, and actions of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, and shall have the authority to act as provided for in § 228-7C of the City Municipal Code.
The powers of the Commission shall include:
A. 
Adoption of criteria for the identification of significant historic, architectural, and cultural landmarks and for the delineation of historic districts;
B. 
Conduct of surveys of significant historic, architectural, and cultural landmarks and historic districts within the City;
C. 
Recommending designation by Common Council of identified structures or resources as landmarks and historic districts;
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Adoption of criteria for the evaluation of applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness;
E. 
Approval or disapproval of proposals for exterior change resulting in applications for a certificate of appropriateness pursuant to §§ 228-4 and 228-6 of the City Municipal Code;
F. 
Approval or disapproval of applications for a finding of economic hardship pursuant to §§ 228-10 and 228-11 of the City Municipal Code;
G. 
Making recommendations to the City concerning the acquisition of preservation easements or other interests in real property as necessary to carry out the purposes of § 228-2 of the City Municipal Code;
H. 
Increasing public awareness of the value of historic, cultural, and architectural preservation by developing and participating in public education programs;
I. 
Making recommendations to the City concerning the utilization of state, federal, or private funds to promote the preservation of landmarks and historic districts within the City;
J. 
Recommending acquisition of a landmark structure by the City where its preservation is essential to the purposes of § 228-2 of the City Municipal Code and where private preservation is not feasible;
K. 
Preparing a report or recommendation to other City boards and committees regarding plans and proposals that could have an impact on designated individual landmarks and/or historic districts;
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Delegation of work to staff and professional consultants as necessary to carry out the duties of the Commission, within the budget provided therefore by the City of Ithaca.
The Commission shall adopt rules for the transaction of its business, which shall provide for the time and place of holding regular meetings. Regular meetings shall be held at least once each month. The Commission's rules shall provide for the calling of special meetings by the Chairperson or by at least three members of the Commission. All regular or special meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public, and any person shall be entitled to appear and be heard on a matter before the Commission before it reaches its decision.
The Commission shall keep a record, which shall be open to the public view, of its resolutions, proceedings and actions. The vote or failure to vote of each member shall be recorded. The concurring affirmative vote of a majority of those members present shall constitute approval of plans before it for review or for the adoption of any resolution, motion or other action of the Commission. The Commission shall submit an annual report of its activities to the Mayor and Common Council and make such recommendations to the Common Council as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter and Chapter 228, Landmarks Preservation.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission may, by rule, establish permanent or ad hoc committees consisting of no less than three current members of the ILPC for assignments delegated by the full Commission.
As an aid toward cooperation in matters which concern the integrity of the designated landmarks and historic districts, all City departments shall, upon request, furnish to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, within a reasonable time, the available maps, plans, reports and statistical or other information the Commission may require for its work.