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   As used in this chapter:
   (a)   "Addition" means any act or process that changes one or more of the exterior architectural features of a building or structure by adding to, joining with, or increasing the size or capacity of the building or structure.
   (b)   "Alteration" means any material or visual change other than normal maintenance and repair to the exterior of any structure located within an historic district or to any historic property or to the publicly accessible interior of any listed property which was listed in whole or in part because of the interior's historic or architectural significance.
   (c)   “Applicant” means any owner, person, association, partnership, or corporation who or which applies for a certificate of appropriateness in order to undertake any change on property designated as a landmark or that is within a historic district.
   (d)   "Avon Lake Historical Preservation Commission" is the commission established under the provisions of the enabling legislation.
   (e)   “Certificate of appropriateness” means a certificate issued by the Avon Lake Historical Preservation Commission indicating that a proposed change, alteration, construction or demolition of a designated historic building or structure or within a designated historic site or district is in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
   (f)   “Change” means any alteration, demolition, removal or construction involving any building, structure or property subject to the provisions of this chapter. This change shall not be related to ordinary maintenance or repair of any property provided that such work involves no change in material, design, texture, color or outer appearance of such property.
   (g)   "Construction" means the act of constructing an addition to an existing building or structure or the erection of a new principal or accessory structure on a lot of property.
   (h)   "Demolition" means any act or process that destroys in whole or in part any building or structure.
   (i)   "Historic district" means any area designated by ordinance of the City which contains within definable geographic boundaries, buildings, structures or sites of historic, architectural or archaeological significance.
   (j)   "Landmark" means any building, structure, site, work of art, or object that has been designated as a "landmark" by ordinance of the City, pursuant to procedures prescribed herein, that is worthy of preservation, restoration or rehabilitation because of its historic, architectural or archaeological significance.
   (k)   "Owner" means the owner or owners of record.
   (l)   "Preservation" means the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity and materials of an historic property.
   (m)   "Reconstruction" means the act or process of depicting, by means of new construction, the form, features, and detailing of a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure or object for the purpose of replicating its appearance at a specific period of time and in its historic location.
   (n)   "Rehabilitation" means the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alteration, and addition while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values.
   (o)   "Restoration" means the act or process of accurately depicting the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of features from other periods in its history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period. The limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make properties functional is appropriate within a restoration project.
(Ord. 36-2010.  Passed 3-22-10; Ord. 83-2013. Passed 6-24-13.)