1321.02  PURPOSE.
   The City Commission, being mindful of the proud history of this community, hereby declares as a matter of public policy that the preservation, protection, perpetuation and use of areas, places, buildings, structures, works of art and other objects having a special historical, community or aesthetic interest or value is a public necessity and is required in the interest of the health, prosperity, safety and welfare of the people.  The purpose of this chapter is to:
   (a)   Maintain and enhance the distinctive character of the historic resources of Springfield by establishment of procedures whereby certain areas, places, buildings, structures and works of art which reflect elements of the City's cultural, social, economic, political or architectural history shall be allowed that measure of protection afforded by a thorough study of alternatives to incompatible alterations or demolition before such acts are performed;
   (b)   Contribute to the economic, recreational, cultural and educational development of the City of Springfield by:
      (1)   Stimulating business and attracting industry;
      (2)   Protecting and enhancing attractions to residents, tourists and visitors;
      (3)   Stabilizing and improving property values;
      (4)   Enhancing the visual and aesthetic character, diversity and interest of the City of Springfield;
      (5)   Fostering civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the past;
      (6)   Facilitating the rehabilitation and revitalization of certain older neighborhoods;
      (7)   Promoting the use and preservation of historic sites and structures for the education and general welfare of the people of Springfield.
         (Ord. 84-549.  Passed 11-13-84.)