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(a) In the 65-A-1 Height and Bulk District, as designated on Sectional Map HT-01 of the Zoning Map, any new or expanding building or structure exceeding 40 feet in height shall be permitted as a Conditional Use only upon approval by the Planning Commission. The height of the building or structure so approved by the Planning Commission shall not exceed 65 feet.
(b) In authorizing any such proposal for a building or structure exceeding 40 feet in height, the City Planning Commission shall find, in addition to the criteria of Section 303(c), that the proposal is consistent with the expressed purposes of this Code, of the Broadway Neighborhood Commercial District, and of the height and bulk districts, set forth in Sections 101, 714, and 251 of this Code, and that the following criteria are met:
(1) The height of the new or expanding development will be compatible with the individual neighborhood character and the height and scale of the adjacent buildings.
(2) The height and bulk of the new or expanding development will be designed to allow maximum sun access to nearby parks, plazas, and major pedestrian corridors.
(3) The architectural and cultural character and features of existing buildings shall be preserved and enhanced. The Historic Preservation Commission or its staff shall review any proposed alteration of historic resources and must determine that such alterations comply with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties before the City approves any permits to alter such buildings. For purposes of this section, “historic resources” shall include Article 10 Landmarks and buildings located within Article 10 Historic Districts, buildings and districts identified in surveys adopted by the City, buildings listed or potentially eligible for individual listing on the National or California Registers, and buildings located within listed or potentially eligible National Register or California Register historic districts. The Planning Department shall also consult materials available through the California Historical Resources Information System (CHRIS) and Inventory to determine eligibility.
(Added by Ord. 69-87, File No. 115874, App. 3/13/87; amended by Ord. 20-88, App. 1/21/88; Ord. 129-17, File No. 170203, App. 6/30/2017, Eff. 7/30/2017; Ord. 196-17, File No. 170419, App. 10/5/2017, Eff. 11/4/2017)