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   For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ADDITION. A new structure built onto an existing structure.
   ALTERATION. Work that changes the exterior detail of a resource regardless whether the work changes the resource’s basic size or shape.
   CENTER. The Michigan Historical Center of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries.
   CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS. Written approval of a permit application for work determined to be consistent with the requirements and purposes of this chapter.
   COMMISSION. An historic district commission created by the City Council pursuant to Public Act 169 of 1970 as amended, being M.C.L.A. §§ 399.201 - 399.215.
   COMMITTEE. An historic district study committee appointed by the City Council under § 152.04.
   CONSTRUCTION. The building of a new structure, whether free standing or an addition.
   DEMOLITION. The razing or destruction, whether entirely or in part, of a resource and includes, but is not limited to, demolition by neglect.
   DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT. Neglect in maintaining, repairing or securing a resource that results in deterioration of an exterior feature of the resource or loss of structural integrity of the resource.
   DENIAL. The written rejection of a permit application for work that is determined to be inconsistent with the requirement of this chapter.
   HISTORIC DISTRICT. An area, or group of areas not necessarily having contiguous boundaries, that contains one resource or a group of resources that are related by history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.
   HISTORIC PRESERVATION. The identification, evaluation, establishment and protection of resources significant in history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.
   HISTORIC RESOURCE. A publicly or privately owned building, structure, site, object, feature or open space that contributes significant to the architectural, archaeological, engineering, cultural history, local village/rural character, or the contextual aesthetic of the city, county, state or country.
   NATURAL MATERIALS. Materials produced or existing by nature.
   NOTICE TO PROCEED. Written permission to issue a permit for work determined to be consistent with the requirements of this chapter, but which is allowed under one of the exceptions to the application of those guidelines.
   OPEN SPACE. Undeveloped land, a naturally landscaped area, or a formal or man-made landscaped area that provides a connective link or a buffer between other resources.
   ORDINARY MAINTENANCE. To maintain the exterior of a resource in good or sound condition by taking care of ordinary wear and tear. ORDINARY MAINTENANCE does not change the external appearance of the resource except through elimination of the usual and expected effects of weathering (e.g. scraping and repainting a house with the same color). ORDINARY MAINTENANCE shall not constitute work for purposes of this chapter.
   REPAIR. To restore the exterior of a decayed or damaged resource to a good or sound condition by replacing a decayed or damaged element or feature (e.g. a window, the siding, a bracket, or door) with one of identical design using either original material or other material as permitted by the Commission. A repair that changes the external appearance of a resource constitutes work for purposes of this chapter.
   RESOURCE. One or more publicly or privately owned historic or non-historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, features or open spaces located within a historic district.
   STANDING COMMITTEE. A permanent body established by the City Council under Public Act 169 of 1970, as amended, being M.C.L.A. §§ 399.201 - 399.215, to conduct the activities of a historic district study committee on a continuing basis.
   WORK. Construction, addition, alteration, repair, moving, excavation or demolition.
(Ord. passed 3-27-2000; Am. Ord. passed 4-28-2003; Am. Ord. 080324-1, passed 3-24-2008)