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(a) A certificate of appropriateness is required from the City prior to any exterior changes, site modification, remodeling, reconstruction or demolition.
(b) Applications for certificate of appropriateness shall be filed with the Building Department. The Chief Building and Zoning Official shall determine whether the proposed changes are “significant” based upon the impact the changes will have on the property and its surrounding area. If the Chief Building and Zoning Official determines that the proposed changes are not significant, he shall so inform the applicant and no Certificate of Appropriateness shall be required. If the Chief Building and Zoning Official determines that the proposed changes are significant, he shall review the application for compliance with the provisions of this Chapter, and either issue or deny the request for the Certificate of Appropriateness. All requests for Certificates of Appropriateness submitted under this Chapter shall be deemed approved unless the Chief Building and Zoning Official disapproves the same within 15 days of submission of the application.
(c) Any person whose application for a Certificate of Appropriateness has been denied by the Chief Building and Zoning Official may appeal such decision by filing an appeal with the Planning Commission within 30 days of such denial, and at least 14 days prior to the Planning Commission meeting date at which such appeal shall be heard. The appeal shall be in the form of a “Request for Application to the Planning Commission and Council”, which must be fully completed and contain all materials required pursuant to Section 1143.06. The application, with 18 copies, along with a check for $50.00 (made payable to the City of Grove City) must be submitted to the secretary of the Planning Commission. The appeal shall be treated as an original application for approval pursuant to Chapter 1101, under which the Planning Commission shall examine, take action within 45 days and forward its recommendations to Council for its approval, approval with modifications, or denial. The decision of Council shall be final. Upon approval or approval with modifications by Council, the Chief Building and Zoning Official shall issue a Certificate of Appropriateness to the applicant within fifteen days.
(Ord. C33-01. Passed 5-21-01.)