The process for becoming part of an existing historic district
is listed below. Do not let the length of the process deter you from making application... the benefits are numerous and
help protect the architectural features of your property. The employees in the Planning Department and Main Street Jefferson
are available for guidance in this process.
Section 19.4.6. Application
for Designation of Historic District or Landmark.
An historical society, neighborhood association,
or group of property owners may apply for designation of historic districts. An historical society or property owner may
apply for designation of landmark structures.
Section 19.4.7. Required Public Hearings and Notice.
The Historic Preservation Commission and the Jefferson City Council shall hold a public hearing on the proposed
ordinance for designation. Notice of the hearing shall be published in at least three (3) consecutive issues in the legal
organ of the City of Jefferson, and written notice of the hearing shall be mailed by the Commission to all owners and occupants
of such properties. All such notices shall be published or mailed not less than ten (10) nor more than twenty (20) days prior
to date set for the public hearing. A letter sent via the United States Mail to the last-known owner of the property shall
constitute legal notification under this Chapter.
Section 19.4.8. Ordinance Requirements.
Any ordinance designating any property or district as Historic shall describe each property to be designated,
set forth the name(s) of the owner(s) of the designated property or properties, and require that a Certificate of Appropriateness
be obtained from the Historic Preservation Commission prior to any material change in appearance of the designated property.
Any ordinance designating any property or district as Historic shall require that the designated property or
district be shown on the Official Zoning Map or as provided in Chapter 3.3 of this Land Use Management Code and kept as a
public record to provide notice of such designation.
Prior to designating any property or district as Historic,
the Commission must submit a report on the historic, cultural, architectural, or aesthetic significance of each place, district,
site, building/structure, or work of art, to the Historic Preservation Section of the Department of Natural Resources and
it will be allowed thirty (30) days to prepare written comments. A decision by the Jefferson City Council to accept or deny
the ordinance for designation shall be made within fifteen (15) days following the public hearing, and shall be in the form
of an ordinance of the City of Jefferson.
Section 19.4.9. Notification of Adoption of Ordinance
Within thirty (30) days following the adoption of the ordinance for designation,
the owners and occupants of each designated historic property, and the owners and occupants of each structure, site, or work
of art located within a designated historic district shall be given written notification of such designation by the City Council
which notice shall apprise said owners and occupants of the necessity of obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness prior
to undertaking any material change in appearance of the historic property designated or within the historic district designated.
All necessary agencies within the City of Jefferson shall also be notified of the ordinance for designation, including the
local historical organization.
Section 19.4.10. Moratorium While Ordinance for Designation is
Once an ordinance for designation has been publicly advertised, the Zoning Administrator
shall not approve development and the Building Official shall not issue a building permit within the boundaries of property
proposed to be designated historic that would, upon adoption of the ordinance for designation so advertised, require a certificate
of appropriateness as required in Chapter 21.5 of this Land Use Management Code, until the Jefferson City Council has acted
upon the ordinance for designation.
If the ordinance for designation is denied, the Zoning Administrator
shall issue the development permit and the Building Inspector shall issue the building permit, subject to compliance with
all applicable regulations of this Land Use Management Code and applicable building codes.
If the ordinance
for designation is approved, no development permit or building permit shall be issued and it shall be unlawful to commence
any activity or make any improvement that requires a certificate of appropriateness until or unless an application for certification
of appropriateness is filed with and approved by the Historic Preservation Commission in accordance with Chapter 21.5 of this
Land Use Management Code.