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Historic Preservation Commission

5-19-3: Commission created.

A historic preservation commission is hereby created, consisting of seven (7) members:

  • One member shall be a licensed real estate broker
  • One shall be a historian
  • One shall be a registered architect
  • One shall be an alderperson
  • and three shall be citizens.

Each shall have, to the highest extent practicable, a known interest in historic preservation. The mayor shall appoint the commissioners subject to confirmation by the council, to the following terms commencing May 1 of the year of appointment: the alderperson shall serve for a term of one (1) year; the licensed real estate broker and one citizen member shall serve for an initial term of one (1) year and succeeding terms of three (3) years; the historian and one citizen member shall serve for an initial term of two (2) years and succeeding terms of three (3) years; the registered architect and one citizen member shall serve for an initial and succeeding terms of three (3) years. If no person meeting the required qualifications is available, a citizen member shall be appointed to fill such position so that the commission has at all times seven members.



5-19-5: Powers and Duties

(A) Designation. The commission shall have the power, subject to section 5-19-6 of this chapter, to designate historic structures and historic sites and to recommend designation of historic districts within Monroe's limits. Such designations shall be made based on section 5-19-4 of this chapter. Historic districts shall be approved by the council. Once designated, such historic structures, sites and districts shall be subject to all the provisions of this chapter.

(B) Regulation of construction, reconstruction, alteration and demolition.

(1) Certificate of appropriateness. No owner or person in charge of a historic structure, historic site or structure within a historic district shall reconstruct, alter or demolish all or any part of the visible surface of such property or construct any improvement having a visible surface upon such property or cause or permit any such work to be performed upon such property unless a certificate of appropriateness has been issued authorizing such work. The building inspector shall establish procedures to monitor alterations to the visible surface of a historic structure, historic site or structure within a historic district and shall report all such alterations to the commission.

A) Approval by commission. Except as provided in subsection (b), no certificate of appropriateness shall be issued until the issuance thereof has been approved by the commission.

B) Administrative authority of building inspector. The commission may by resolution delegate to the building inspector authority to administratively issue a certificate of appropriateness for an alteration if such alteration falls within a class of work that has been clearly identified and appropriately defined by the commission as work that may be approved administratively by the building inspector. Issuance of a certificate of appropriateness for such work by the building inspector shall be considered for all purposes to be approval thereof by the commission.

(2)Criteria for approval of certificate of appropriateness. Upon filing of any application for a certificate of appropriateness, the commission, or the building inspector in a case falling within the administrative approval authority of the building inspector, shall within 45 days determine if the proposed changes are consistent with the character and features of the property or district, and approve the issuance of the certificate of appropriateness unless:

A) In the case of a designated historic structure or historic site, the proposed work would detrimentally change, destroy or adversely affect any exterior feature of the improvement or site upon which said work is to be done;

B) In the case of the construction of a new improvement upon a historic site, or within a historic district, the exterior of such improvement would adversely affect or not harmonize with the external appearance of other neighboring improvements on such site or within the district;

C) In the case of any property located in a historic district, the proposed construction, reconstruction, alteration or demolition does not conform to the purpose and intent of this chapter and to the objectives and design criteria of the historic preservation plan for said district;

D) The building or structure is of such architectural or historical significance that its demolition would be detrimental to the public interest and contrary to the general welfare of the people of the city and the state;

E) In the case of a request for the demolition of a deteriorated building or structure, any economic hardship or difficulty claimed by the owner is self-created or is the result of any failure to maintain the property in good repair.

(3)Other approvals. Issuance of a certificate of appropriateness shall not relieve the applicant from obtaining other permits and approvals required by the city. A building or other city permit needed to perform work on the visible surface of a historic structure, historic site or structure within a historic district shall be invalid if it is obtained without the presentation of the certificate of appropriateness required for the proposed work.

(4) Maintenance and repairs. Ordinary maintenance and repairs may be undertaken without a certificate of appropriateness if the work does not alter a historic structure or site and does not require the issuance of a building permit.

(5) Issuance. Upon approval of an alteration and fulfillment of all conditions placed upon such approval the building inspector shall issue a certificate of appropriateness.

(6) Fees. The fee for issuance of a certificate of appropriateness and for actions required to comply with this chapter shall be established from time to time by resolution of the council.

(C) Appeals. If the building inspector, in a case falling within the administrative approval authority of the building inspector, fails to approve a certificate of appropriateness, the applicant may appeal such decision to the commission within 30 days. If the commission fails to approve a certificate of appropriateness, the applicant may appeal such decision to the council within 30 days. In addition, if the commission fails to approve a certificate of appropriateness, the commission shall, with the cooperation of the applicant, work with the applicant in an attempt to obtain a certificate of appropriateness within the guidelines of this chapter.

(D) Recognition of historic structures, sites and districts. At such time as a historic structure, site or district has been properly designated, the commission, in cooperation with the property owner, may cause to be prepared and erected on such property at the city's expense, a suitable plaque declaring that such property is a historic structure, site or district.



Historic Preservation Plan for the City of Monroe Downtown Historic District

Member

  • Richard Thoman, City Alderperson
  • Tom Kelly
  • Donna Bahler         
  • Aaron Holverson
  • Tom Mitchell
  • Jeff Maliszewski
  • Mary Soddy