1171.01 PURPOSE.
   The purposes of this chapter are:
   (a)   To establish procedures whereby certain areas, places, sites, buildings, structures, objects and works of art shall be allowed that measure of protection afforded by a thorough study of alternatives to incompatible alterations or demolition before such acts are performed, so that the following objectives are reached:
      (1)   To maintain and enhance the distinctive character of historical buildings and historic areas in the City;
      (2)   To safeguard the architectural integrity of the City's listed properties and historic resources within designated districts;
      (3)   To safeguard the heritage of the City be preserving areas, places, sites, buildings, structures, objects and works of art which reflect elements of the City's cultural, social, economic, political, architectural or archaeological heritage;
      (4)   To seek alternatives to demolition or incompatible alterations within designated areas and to listed properties before such acts are performed;
      (5)   To afford the widest possible scope of continuing vitality through private renewal and architectural creativity within appropriate controls and standards;
      (6)   To encourage development of vacant properties in accordance with the character of the designated districts and listed properties.
   (b)   To contribute to the economic, recreational, cultural and educational development of the City by:
      (1)   Protecting and enhancing the City's attractions to prospective residents, tourists and visitors;
      (2)   Providing support and stimulus to business and industry;
      (3)   Strengthening the economy of the City;
      (4)   Stabilizing and improving property values;
      (5)   Fostering civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the past;
      (6)   Facilitating the reinvestment in and revitalization of certain older districts and neighborhoods;
      (7)   Promoting the use and preservation of historic sites and structures for the education and general welfare of the people of the City.
         (Ord. 86-260. Passed 12-16-86.)