Sec. 12A-1-1. Purpose.

This chapter is adopted to preserve areas and specific structures and objects in the city which reflect elements of its cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history; to promote their use for the education and welfare of the residents of the city; to encourage tourists to visit the city; to stabilize and improve property values in historic areas, structures and objects for the ultimate aesthetic and economic benefit of the city; and to provide increased availability to building owners of various construction code, financing aids and tax benefits permitted under state and federal laws when buildings have designated historical landmark status or lie within a designated historical district. (Ord. No. 1004, § 2 (part).)