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(a) An historic resource may be removed from the City Historic Register as follows:
(1) If the owner wishes to have an historic resource removed from the City Historic Register, a request in writing must be submitted to the Planning and Community Development Department for presentation to the Historic District Commission at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Such a request shall detail the owner's reasons for the desired removal. The Historic District Commission, within sixty days following receipt of the request for removal, shall work with the resource owner to find solutions to problems which may be influencing the desire to be removed. If at the end of the time prescribed in this section the Historic District Commission deems it to be in the best interests of the community to remove the resource from the City Historic Register, the owner and the City Commission shall be notified in writing of the removal.
(2) If the Historic District Commission deems it to be in the best interests of the community to remove an historic resource from the City Historic Register, it shall notify the owner of the resource of the Historic District Commission's intent, in writing, listing the reasons for removal. The written notice shall give the owner until the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Historic District Commission, but in no case less than thirty days, in which to respond. If no response is received, the historic resource shall be removed from the City Historic Register by the Historic District Commission after notification of the owner and the City Commission in writing. If the owner desires that the historic designation be retained, the owner will be given time, not to exceed sixty days, to make noticeable improvement in the resource and show a willingness to work with the Historic District Commission. If at the end of the sixty days satisfactory improvement has not been made, the historic resource will be removed from the City's Historic Register.
(b) The term "best interests of the community" includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) A desire to make major changes to the exterior of the resource which would detract from its historic significance.
(2) The deterioration of an historic resource to the point where there is a loss of structural integrity.
(Ord. 14-97. Passed 8-5-97.)