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The city recognizes that the historical heritage of the community is among its most valued and important assets. It is therefore the intent of the city to identify, preserve, protect and enhance historic areas and sites lying within the city limits.
A. The role of the Washington City historic preservation commission (WCHPC) is to serve as an advisory group to encourage, educate and assist in establishing a local landmark register which provides historical recognition, and links that recognition to ascertain benefits.
B. The WCHPC shall establish and utilize nationally accepted rehabilitation guidelines (secretary of the interior's "standards for rehabilitation") to assist the city and owners of historic property in preserving important features of their buildings. (Ord. 95-6, 3-8-1995)