As used in this chapter:
   (a)    "Alter" or "alteration" means any material change in external architectural features of any property which lies within the Historic Preservation District or has been listed under the provisions of this chapter, not including demolition,  removal or construction.
   (b)    "Applicant" means any owner, person, persons, association, partnership or corporation who applies for a Certificate of Appropriateness in order to undertake any environmental change on property subject to this chapter.
   (c)    "Board" means the Design Review Board established under the provisions of this chapter.
   (d)    "Commission" means the City Planning Commission.
   (e)    “Environmental change” or “change” means any alteration, demolition, removal or construction involving any property subject to the provisions of this chapter, including signs.
   (f)   "Property" means any place, building, structure, work of art, or similar object constituting a physical betterment of real property unless expressly identified as such. 
   (g)    "Landscaping" means the design and arrangement by planting or removal of the effects of natural scenery, including trees, flowers, shrubs, and grass, together with manmade materials or other nonliving materials or objects over a given tract of land for the purpose of creating the best practicable appearance to the land considering the use to which is to be put. For the purposes of this chapter, landscaping shall include the design and arrangement of parks, parking lots, vacant lots and other open areas, but shall not include the incidental planting and arrangement of flowers and shrubs as they relate to any single property.
   (h)    "Listed property" means any property which has special character, historical, aesthetic or architectural value as part of the heritage, development or cultural characteristics of the City, State or the United States, and which has been designated as a listed property pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
   (i)    "Preservation district" means the district established by Council for the purpose of maintaining and fostering a distinctive historical, architectural, cultural or environmental character.
   (j)    "Member" means any member of the Design Review Board.
   (k)    "Commissioner" means any member of the Planning Commission.
   (l)    "Sign" means any object or device or part thereof situated outdoors which is used to advertise, identify, display, direct or attract attention to an object, person, institution, organization, business, product, service, event, or location by any means including words, letters, figures, designs, symbols, fixtures, colors, motion illumination or projected images. Signs do not include the following:
      (1)    Flags of nations, or an organization of nations, states, cities, fraternal, religious and civic organizations;
      (2)    Merchandise, pictures or models of products, or services incorporated in a window display;
      (3)    Time and temperature devices not related to a product;
      (4)    National, state, religious, fraternal, professional, and civic symbols and crests;
      (5)    Works of art which in no way identify a product.
   (m)    "Owner" means the owner of record and the term shall include the plural as well as the singular.
   (n)    "User" means any applicant legally using any property subject to the terms of this chapter that is not owned by the user.
   (o)    "Review board" means the Design Review Board established under the provisions  of this chapter.
      (Ord. 22-79.  Passed 10-15-79.)