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§ 152.01 PURPOSE.
   Historic preservation is declared to be a public purpose, and it is the intent of this chapter to establish procedures as set forth in Public Acts 169 of 1970, being M.C.L.A. §§ 399.201 - 399.215, as amended by Public Act 125 of 1980, being M.C.L.A. §§ 399.203 - 399.205, Public Act 230 of 1986, being M.C.L.A. §§ 399.201 - 399.215, and Public Act 96 of 1992, being M.C.L.A. §§ 399.201 - 399.215, to regulate the construction, addition, moving, excavation and demolition, and exterior alteration and repair of structures or resources within the Historic District in order to:
   (A)   Safeguard the heritage of the City of Saugatuck by ensuring that the Historic District(s) continue to reflect the architecture, archaeology, engineering, culture, local village/rural character and the contextual aesthetic of the city;
   (B)   Stabilize and improve property values in each district and surrounding areas;
   (C)   Foster civic beauty;
   (D)   Strengthen the local economy; and
   (E)   Promote the use of historic districts for the education, pleasure and welfare of the citizens of the city, county, state and country.
(Ord. passed 3-27-2000; Am. Ord. 080324-1, passed 3-24-2008)