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(a) Application for permits for historic resources on locational atlas. Any applicant for a permit to demolish or substantially alter the exterior features of any historic resource which is listed in the "Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites in Montgomery County, Maryland," or the microfilmed addenda to that atlas, published by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, but which is not designated as an historic site or historic district on the master plan for historic preservation, must disclose that fact on the application. If the historic resource is located in an area under review for designation as an historic district and is not under review for designation as an historic site, the application must be reviewed under the procedure in Section 24A-7 if the applicant seeks review under that Section.
(b) Referral to the planning board. If the applicant does not seek review under Section 24A- 7, the Director must promptly forward the permit application to the Planning Board to make a finding, after a public hearing, as to the significance of the historic resource and to determine whether, after considering the recommendations of the Commission, the property will be designated as an historic site or an historic resource within an historic district, listed in the master plan for historic preservation. The Planning Board's public hearing on an application to demolish or substantially alter any historic resource listed in the locational atlas satisfies the requirements of section 33A-6 for a public hearing on a preliminary draft amendment to the historic preservation master plan if all notice requirements of that section are met.
(c) Determination by the planning board.
(1) Where the planning board determines that the historic resource will not be included in the master plan for historic preservation, the director shall forthwith issue the permit.
(2) Where the planning board determines that the historic resource in all likelihood will be included in the master plan for historic preservation, the director shall withhold issuance of the permit once for a maximum period of 195 days from the date the application for demolition is filed. If, as a result of the master plan process, the property is designated an historic site or an historic resource within an historic district, the application shall be governed by the procedures established in section 24A-7.
If, after a public appearance as provided for in section 24A-7, the commission determines that failure to grant the permit applied for will have the effect of denying the property owner of all reasonable use of his property or causing him to suffer undue hardship, then the commission must instruct the director to issue the permit subject to such conditions, if any, as are found to be necessary to insure conformity with the purposes and requirements of this chapter.
(d) Time limits for planning board action.
(1) Within 60 days after the filing of an application, or within 15 days after the closing of the record following a public hearing, whichever occurs later, the planning board shall render its findings and determinations with respect to an application.
(2) Failure to adhere to the limits specified in section 24A-10 shall cause the permit to issue by operation of law, except in the event of a finding and further proceedings as provided in subsection (c)(2) of this section. (Ord. No. 9-4, § 1; Ord. No. 11-59; Ord No. 13-99, §1.)
Editor's note-Section 2 of Ord. No. 13-99 states: "Effective date and applicability. This ordinance takes effect on the date of Council adoption and applies to any permit application under Section 24A-10(a) of the Code that was not decided before the date this ordinance takes effect."