§ 14. Historic Conservation Board; Urban Conservator  

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  • The historic conservation board shall consist of seven members as follows:

    (i) One professional historic preservationist;

    (ii) One professional historian;

    (iii) Two architects registered in the State of Ohio, or one architect registered in the State of Ohio and one urban design professional;

    (iv) One attorney licensed in the State of Ohio;

    (v) One person engaged in the real estate, development or construction industry; and

    (vi) One economist, accounting or financial professional.

    Each of the members shall be appointed by the city manager and confirmed by the council with due regard for the need for balance among diverse interests within the city in order to encourage preservation that is consistent with and as a tool for vigorous development, redevelopment, and economic growth in the city, while also protecting the interests of existing residents, neighborhoods, and small businesses. Members shall be appointed for one term of three (3) years, which may be renewed for a second term of three (3) years at the discretion of the city manager. No member may serve more than two (2) consecutive terms. In the initial year of the board, which for purposes hereof shall be the year 2013, three (3) members shall be appointed for a three-year term, two (2) members shall be appointed for a two-year term, and two (2) members shall be appointed for a one-year term. For purposes of terms limits, members serving initial one- or two-year terms may only serve for a single consecutive three-year term. The city manager's appointments shall not be effective until confirmed by council. Members must be residents of the City of Cincinnati. All members shall take an oath of office, as administered by the city solicitor or his or her designee, at the beginning of each term. Members shall serve without compensation and may be removed by the city manager for misfeasance or malfeasance. Additionally, a member shall be automatically removed from the board by the city manager for either of the following reasons: (i) failure to attend at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the regularly scheduled meetings in a calendar year; or (ii) upon a determination by the city manager, in consultation with the city solicitor, that, pursuant to the ethics requirements of the Ohio Revised Code, a member failed to disclose the existence of a conflict of interest and/or participated in consideration of a matter before the board which constituted a conflict of interest for that member.

    The board shall adopt rules and procedures governing its conduct and meetings and the rules and procedures shall be reviewed by the board in conjunction with the city solicitor's office every five (5) years commencing in 2013. The board shall select a chair and a vice chair in accordance with its rules and procedures.

    The board shall have such duties and powers as may be imposed by ordinance and this code. Further, the board shall recommend guidelines concerning the conservation of historic structures, sites and districts. Insofar as practicable, such guidelines shall suggest what alterations and demolitions, including new construction, may be appropriate for an historic structure or site and within historic districts. Such guidelines shall also suggest ways by which historic structures can be redeveloped in a manner that is compatible with new development and shall further suggest desirable public and private improvements to historic structures and within historic districts.

    The board shall advise the city planning commission and the council on the acquisition or disposition by the city of historic easements or other interests in historically significant buildings. The board shall establish and direct the administration of a program for the acquisition of such easements and interests and for the continued compliance with the terms of such easement agreements.

    In addition to the powers and duties stated elsewhere herein, the board shall act in an advisory role to city departments and agencies where their action or inaction may affect the conservation of the city's historic resources; act as a catalyst to expedite the flow of projects through departments and agencies; facilitate the redevelopment of historic structures and districts in accordance with approved development plans of the city; facilitate the implementation of measures which further conservation and development of historic structures and districts by private and public persons, including coordination of actions required of various city departments; act as liaison on behalf of the city with preservation organizations, professional societies, community councils and other groups, private property owners, and interested citizens concerning conservation of the historic resources of the city providing advisory and technical services when deemed appropriate by the board; act as liaison on behalf of the city with the Ohio State Historic Preservation Officer, agencies of the federal government, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation concerning the historic resources of the city; act as an advocate and resource for the conservation of the historic resources of the city through an appropriate educational program, maintenance of information on historic conservation and consultation with owners of historic properties and developers with interest in conservation of the historic resources of the city; prepare plans for the conservation and development of historic districts; and undertake or encourage and facilitate the documentation of the architecture and history of the city's historic resources.

    The urban conservator shall serve as secretary to the board, among other duties. The urban conservator shall be an assistant to the director of city planning and buildings, appointed in accordance with procedures agreed to between the appointing authority and the board. The urban conservator shall have at least three years of professional experience in private development as an architect, planner, historic preservationist, builder or developer.

(Ordained by Ord. No. 189-1980, eff. June 7, 1980; repealed and reordained by Ord. No. 32-1984, eff. Feb. 18, 1984; a. Ord. No. 021-2013, § 1, eff. March 1, 2013)