CHAPTER 12A. HISTORICAL LANDMARKS AND DISTRICTS.*
Article IV. Permit System.
Sec. 12A-4-3. Procedure upon application.
(a) Upon the filing of an application, the historical preservation
commission shall cause an appropriate level of review to be conducted pursuant
to the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). After such
review has been completed, the secretary of the historical preservation
commission shall set the matter for hearing and shall give written notice to the
applicant and shall cause publication of notice in a newspaper of general
circulation in the city of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The
commission shall hold a public hearing and shall make its decision within six
months from the date the application is filed with the community development
department if an EIR is required or within three months if a negative
declaration is required or if the proposal is determined to be exempt from CEQA.
Approval of the application shall require an affirmative vote of a majority of
the commission members present. If the commission fails to act within the
foregoing time periods, the application shall be considered approved unless the
applicant and the commission agree to an extension of time.
(b) At the
conclusion of the hearing, the commission shall makes its decision and shall
file a certificate of approval with the building official, or deny the
application. No person may do any work upon a designated historical landmark or
any structure within a designated historical district, or proceed to demolish a
designated historical resource, which is the subject of an application, and the
building official may not issue a building permit, until the commission files a
certificate of approval.
(c) Approved work shall be completed within one
year from the date of approval unless substantially undertaken before such
period has elapsed and diligently pursued thereafter. (Ord. No. 1004, § 2
(part); Ord. No. 1310 § 4 (part).)