Historic Preservation Commission
The Belmont City Council is soliciting volunteers to serve on the city's first Historic Preservation Commission. This commission will be responsible for:
- Undertake an inventory of properties of historical, architectural, and/or cultural significance;
- Recommend to the City Council areas to be designated by ordinance as "Historic Preservation Overlay Districts"; and individual structures, buildings, sites, areas, or objects to be designated by ordinance as "Landmarks";
- Acquire by any lawful means the fee or lesser included interest, including options to purchase, to properties within established districts or to any such properties designated as landmarks, to hold, manage, preserve, restore and improve the same, and to exchange or dispose of the property by public or private sale, lease or other legally binding restrictions which will secure appropriate rights or public access and promote the preservation of the property;
- Restore, preserve and operate historic properties;
- Review and act upon proposals for alterations, demolitions, or new construction within historic districts through the application for Certificates of Appropriateness;
- Develop and adopt guidelines to be used in the review of alterations, demolitions, or new construction within Historic Preservation Overlay Districts.
- Conduct an education program with respect to historic properties and districts within its jurisdiction;
- Enter, solely in performance of its official duties and only at reasonable times, upon private lands for examination or survey thereof. However, no member, employee or agent of the commission may enter any private building or structure without the express consent of the owner or occupant thereof;
- Negotiate at any time with the owner of a building, structure, site, area or object for its acquisition or its preservation, when such action is reasonably necessary or appropriate.