(A)   Historic districts are hereby established as districts which overlap with other zoning districts. All uses permitted in any such district/ whether by right or as a special use, shall be permitted in the historic district.
   (B)   Historic districts, as provided for in this section, may from time to time be designated, amended, or repealed, provided however that, no district shall be recommended for designation unless it is deemed to be of special significance in terms of its historical, prehistorical, architectural or cultural importance. Such district must also possess integrity of design, setting, workmanship, materials, feeling and/or association. No district shall be designated, amended, or repealed until the following procedure has been carried out:
      (1)   An investigation and report describing the significance of the buildings, structures, features, sites or surroundings included in any such proposed district, and a description of the boundaries of such district has been prepared; and
      (2)   The Department of Cultural Resources, acting through the State Historic Preservation Officer or his or her designee, shall have made an analysis of and recommendations concerning such report and description of proposed boundaries. Failure of the Department to submit its written analysis and recommendations to the Board of Aldermen within 30 calendar days after a written request for such analysis has been received by the Department of Cultural Resources shall relieve the Board of Aldermen of any responsibility for awaiting such analysis, and the Board of Aldermen may at any time thereafter take any necessary action to adopt or amend its zoning ordinance.
   (C)   The Board of Aldermen may also, in its discretion, refer the report and the proposed boundaries to any other interested body for its recommendations prior to taking action to amend the zoning ordinance.
   (D)   With respect to any changes in the boundaries of such district, subsequent to its initial establishment, or the creation of additional districts within the jurisdiction, the investigative studies and reports required by division (B)(1) of this section shall be prepared by the Commission and shall be referred to the Planning Board for its review and comment according to the procedures set forth in the zoning ordinance. Changes in the boundaries of an initial district or proposal for additional districts shall be submitted to the Department of Cultural Resources in accordance with the provisions of division (B)(2) of this section.
   (E)   Upon receipt of these reports and recommendations the Board of Aldermen may proceed in the same manner as would otherwise be required for the adoption or amendment of any appropriate zoning ordinance provisions.
(Ord. passed 3-8-94)