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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ALTERATION. Work that changes the detail of a resource, but does not change its basic size or shape.
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS. The written approval of a permit application for work that is appropriate and does not adversely affect a resource.
COMMISSION. The Historic District Commission of the city.
DEMOLITION. The razing or destruction, whether entirely or in part, of a resource and includes, but is not limited to, demolition by neglect.
DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT. Neglect in maintaining, repairing or securing a resource that results in deterioration of an exterior feature of the resource or the loss of structural integrity of the resource.
DENIAL. The written rejection of a permit application for work that is inappropriate and that adversely affects a resource.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM. A system designed to detect and annunciate the presence of fire or by-products of fire. FIRE ALARM SYSTEM includes smoke alarms.
HISTORIC DISTRICT. An area, or group of areas, not necessarily having contiguous boundaries, that contains one resource or a group of resources that are related by history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION. The identification, evaluation, establishment and protection of resources significant in history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.
HISTORIC RESOURCE. A publicly or privately owned building, structure, site, object, feature or open space that is significant in the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture of the city, the state or the United States.
NOTICE TO PROCEED. The written permission to issue a permit for work that is inappropriate and that adversely affects a resource, pursuant to a finding under Public Act 169 of 1970, being M.C.L.A. § 399.205(6), as amended.
OPEN SPACE. Undeveloped land, a naturally landscaped area or a formal or man-made landscaped area that provides a connective link or buffer between other resources.
ORDINARY MAINTENANCE. Keeping a resource unimpaired and in good condition through ongoing minor intervention, undertaken from time to time, in its exterior condition. ORDINARY MAINTENANCE does not change the external appearance of the resource, except through the elimination of the usual and expected effects of weathering. ORDINARY MAINTENANCE does not constitute work for the purposes of this chapter.
PROPOSED HISTORIC DISTRICT. An area, or group of areas not necessarily having contiguous boundaries, that has delineated boundaries and that is under review by a committee or a standing committee for the purpose of making a recommendation as to whether it should be established as a historic district or added to an established historic district.
REPAIR. To restore a decayed or damaged resource to good or sound condition by any process. A repair that changes the external appearance of a resource constitutes work for the purposes of this chapter.
RESOURCE. One or more publicly or privately owned historic or non-historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, features or open spaces located within a historic district.
SMOKE ALARM. A single-station or multiple-station alarm responsive to smoke and not connected to a system. As used in this subdivision, “single-station alarm” means an assembly incorporating a detector, the control equipment, and the alarm sounding device into a single unit, operated from a power supply either in the unit or obtained at the point of installation. “Multiple-station alarm” means 2 or more single-station alarms that are capable of interconnection such that actuation of 1 alarm causes all integrated separate audible alarms to operate.
WORK. Construction, addition, alteration, repair, moving, excavation or demolition.
(Prior Code, § 1.503) (Ord. 706, passed 10-17-2005; Ord. 751, passed 7-18-2011; Ord. 800, passed 4-15-2019)