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(a) Any owner of real property utilizing grant funds (whether an individual, partnership, corporation or otherwise) who applies for a building, sign or demolition permit related, in whole or in part, to exterior construction or improvement in the Downtown Improvement District shall obtain a certificate of appropriateness (hereinafter called "certificate") or a conditional certificate from the Rehabilitation Board of Review as a condition precedent to receipt of the building, sign or demolition permit. The owner may obtain a certificate by filing an application therefore with the Building and Zoning Inspector, which application shall include sufficient documentation and information to enable the Board to determine if the proposed work will conform to the Standards adopted in Section 1340.01. Within 21 days after an application for conformity with the Standards, notice of the date, time and place of the Board's meeting shall be given to the owner by certified mail at the address set forth on the owner's application not less than seven days prior to the date on which such meeting is held. With consent of the owner, the date, time or place of such meeting may be rescheduled.
(b) If the Board finds that the proposed work substantially conforms to the Standards, it shall issue a certificate.
(c) If the Board finds that the proposed work does not substantially conform to the Standards, but that modifications can be made thereto so as to result in substantial conformity with the Standards, the Board may issue a conditional certificate, which shall describe all necessary modifications to be made by the owner to substantially conform to the Standards.
(d) If the Board finds that the proposed work does not substantially conform to the Standards and that, more likely than not, a conditional certificate cannot bring about substantial conformity with the Standards, the Board shall deny a certificate.
(e) Any determination by the Board may be appealed, in writing, by the owner to Council for further review and final determination. Council shall review the appeal and shall issue its determination no later than 45 days after receipt of the appeal.
(Ord. 98-16. Passed 5-18-98.)