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A. Establishment Of Commission: There is hereby established the cultural heritage commission. The commission shall have and exercise the powers and perform the duties set forth in this article with respect to historic preservation.
B. Appointment And Qualifications: The commission shall be composed of five (5) members appointed by the city council, all of whom shall be residents of the city. Members of the commission shall have the duties and functions set forth in this article.
The commissioners should have a demonstrated interest in, competence in, or knowledge of historic preservation. To the extent feasible and legally permissible, at least two (2) of the commissioners should be professionals who meet the qualifications for certain professional disciplines, including those outlined by the U.S. secretary of the interior, code of federal regulations, 36 CFR part 61. These professional disciplines include history, architecture, architectural history, planning, prehistoric and historic archaeology, folklore, cultural anthropology, curation, conservation, and landscape architecture, or related disciplines such as urban planning, American studies, American civilization, or cultural geography, to the extent that these professionals are available in the community. Of the five (5) members, at least one should be a registered architect, licensed contractor, or a California real estate licensee.
C. Rules And Orders: The city council shall appoint the first chair and vice chair of the commission. Thereafter, the commission shall elect officers and establish its own rules and regulations, which shall be consistent with the cultural heritage commission bylaws and this code. Copies of the commission's bylaws shall be kept on file in the office of the city clerk. The commission shall keep a record of its resolutions, proceedings, and transactions, and the city clerk shall be the repository for all such records.
D. Secretary Of The Commission: The director shall assign an employee of the community development department, other than the director, to be the secretary of the commission, and assign duties to the employee which shall be in addition to the duties regularly prescribed for that employee.
The secretary shall attend commission meetings and keep a record of the proceedings and transactions of the commission, specifying the names of the commissioners in attendance at each meeting and the ayes and noes upon all roll calls. The secretary shall, among other duties, post and publish all orders, resolutions, and notices which the commission shall order to be posted and published.
E. Scheduled Meetings: The commission shall meet at least four (4) times per year. In the event the commission has more than one regular meeting per quarter, the term "regular meeting" shall mean the first such meeting in any given quarter. The commission shall establish a time and place for regular meetings to be held. Each meeting shall be noticed and held in accordance with the Ralph M. Brown act. The commission chairperson shall have the authority to call and notice special meetings in a manner specified in the Ralph M. Brown act.
F. Quorum And Actions Of The Commission: A majority of the members of the commission must be present at any meeting to constitute a quorum. The powers conferred upon the commission shall be exercised by resolution or motion and adopted by a majority vote of the members present and recorded in the minutes with the ayes and noes. The action shall be attested to by the signature of the secretary of the commission.
G. Commission Authority In Development Review: When this article is applicable in the review of a project consisting of a development entitlement pursuant to other articles of this title, the cultural heritage commission shall be authorized to review all development entitlement applications for the project in its entirety unless any part of the development entitlement would require approval of the planning commission, in which case the planning commission shall be the commission authorized to review all development entitlement applications for the project in its entirety, including application of this article. (Ord. 15-O-2682, eff. 11-19-2015)