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(A) As used in this section, "interested party" means one of the following:
(1) The executive of the city;
(2) The legislative body of the city;
(3) The agency having land use planning jurisdiction over historic district designated by the ordinance adopted under this subchapter;
(4) A neighborhood association, whether incorporated or unincorporated, a majority of whose members are residents of an historic district designated by an ordinance adopted under this subchapter;
(5) An owner or occupant owning or occupying property located in an historic district established by an ordinance adopted under this subchapter;
(6) Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Inc. or any of its successors; or
(7) The State Historic Preservation Officer designated under IC 14-21-1-19.
(B) Every interested party has a private right of action to enforce and prevent violation of a provision of this subchapter or an ordinance adopted under or pursuant to this subchapter in accordance with IC 36-7-11, and with respect to any building, structure or site within an historic district, has a right to restrain, enjoin, or enforce by a restraining order or injunction, temporarily or permanently, any person from violating the provision of this subchapter or an ordinance adopted under or pursuant to this subchapter in accordance with IC 36-7-11.
(C) The interested party does not have to allege or prove irreparable harm or injury to any person or property to obtain relief under this section.
(D) The interested party bringing an action under this section does not have to post a bond unless the Court, after a hearing, determines that a bond should be required in the interest of justice.
(E) The interested party that brings an action under this section is not liable to any person for damages resulting from bringing or prosecuting the action unless the action was brought without good faith or without a reasonable belief that a provision of this subchapter, or of an ordinance adopted by the city under this subchapter, had been, or was about to be violated.
(F) An interested party who obtains a favorable judgment in an action under this section may recover a reasonable attorney's fee and court costs from the person against whom judgment was rendered.
(G) An action arising under this section must be brought in the Circuit or Superior Court of the county in which the historic district lies and no change of venue from the county shall be allowed in the action.
(H) The remedy provided in this section is in addition to other remedies that may be available at law or in equity.
(Ord. 1993-18, passed 12-6-93)