Historic Preservation Commission

19.03. - Historic Preservation Commission

(a) There is hereby created a Historic Preservation Commission, which shall have the principal responsibility for matters involving historic structures, sites and districts as set forth in this Chapter.

(b) The Commission shall consist of five regular members and one alternate appointed by the Board of Trustees. To stagger the initial terms of membership, the original Commission shall consist of: three (3) members to serve four (4) year terms and two (2) members and the alternate to serve two (2) year terms. The Commission shall be composed of both professional and lay members, and at least 40% (two of the five) shall be professionals in preservation-related disciplines, such as architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, archaeology, history, planning, or related disciplines such as building trades, real estate, law, cultural geography, or cultural anthropology. If the required number of professional members cannot be found to serve on the Commission, this requirement may be waived until the next vacancy occurs, at which time the Town shall again diligently seek professional representation. In the case of a lack of professional appointees, the Commission may, with Board approval, be allowed to retain professional consultants to advise the Commission as necessary to fulfill its duties. Commission members shall be residents of Chaffee County.

(c) At its first meeting of each calendar year, the Commission shall elect one (1) Commissioner to serve as chair to preside over the meetings, and one (1) Commissioner to serve as vice-chair. The Commissioners so designated shall serve in these capacities for terms of one (1) year, and may serve successive terms.

19.04. - Meetings of the Commission.

(a) The Commission shall meet at least quarterly, unless applications or other requests for action are pending, in which case the Commission shall meet at least monthly.

(b) A majority of the number of currently appointed regular board members shall constitute a quorum. An alternate may substitute for a regular board member to create a quorum. If a quorum is not present, then the chair of the Commission may set a new date for a special hearing, or the matters scheduled for that hearing shall be heard on the next regularly scheduled hearing date.

(c) The Commission shall act only at properly noticed meetings.

(d) No Commissioner shall vote on any matter that may materially or apparently affect the property, income, or business interest of that Commissioner.

(e) The chair, and in his absence the vice-chair, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses.

(f) All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public. Minutes shall be kept of all Commission proceedings, and sent to the State Historic Preservation Office upon approval.

(g) The Commission may adopt bylaws and other administrative guidelines to govern the conduct of its meetings, which shall be made available to the public.

(h) At least one Commission member must attend a History Colorado approved educational or training event each year.

19.05. - Powers of Historic Preservation Commission.

(a) To propose for adoption criteria for review of historic resources and for review of proposals to alter, demolish, or move designated resources, that are in addition to and consistent with the criteria set forth in this Chapter.

(b) To review structures, sites and districts nominated for designation and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding historic designation.

(c) To advise and assist owners of designated structures or sites on physical and financial aspects of preservation, renovation, rehabilitation, and restoration, including nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and State Register of Historic Properties.

(d) To develop and assist in public education programs, including but not limited to school programs, walking tours, brochures, a marker program for historic properties, interpretive sites and programs, lectures, and conferences about the history of the local and regional community, the value of preserving historic properties, and the materials and methods of preservation.

(e) To determine applications for certificates of historic appropriateness pursuant to this Chapter.

(f) To conduct surveys of historic structures, sites and districts  in order to define those of historic significance, for the purpose of creating a preservation plan of historic properties and districts.

(g) To pursue financial assistance for preservation and history-related programs.

(h) To maintain records and files on all board actions and provide documentation as necessary to History Colorado, Colorado's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

(i) To identify and implement other incentives for owners of historic properties.

(j) To authorize and implement such steps as it deems desirable to recognize the merit of and to encourage the protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of any historic structure, site or historic district by, without limitation, issuing certificates of recognition and authorizing plaques to be affixed to the exteriors of such structures.

(k) To fulfill any other duties required by state and federal law in order to qualify the Town as a Certified Local Government (CLG).