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In order for a property to be placed on the Register, the following steps are taken:
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The Register is an official list of places important to the history of Aberdeen and worthy of recognition and preservation.
The Aberdeen Historic Register recognizes building, structure, site, object or district that is significantly associated with:
It will also be recognized if it falls in at least two of the following categories:
The Local Tax Incentive Program is designated to encourage the preservation of historic resources. It provides for a revision of the assessed value of a historic property which subtracts, for up to 10 years, such rehabilitation costs as are approved by a local review board. The primary benefit of the law is that during the 10-year special valuation period, property taxes will not reflect substantial improvements made to the property. The rehabilitation costs that are included have to be within 24 months prior to the actual date of application such as:
revision of the assessed value of a historic property which subtracts, for up to 10 years, such rehabilitation costs as are approved by a local review board.
Placement on the register does not affect the use of the structure, nor does it require repairs or restoration. Listing on the city's Historic Register is an honorary designation denoting significant association with the historic, archaeological, engineering or cultural heritage of the community. Properties are listed individually or as contributing properties to an historic district.
Prior to the commencement of any work on a Historic Register property, excluding ordinary repair and maintenance and emergency measures that are defined in AMC 17.50050, the owner must request and receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Commission for the proposed work. Violation of this rule shall be grounds for the Commission to review the property for removal from the register.
Prior to whole or partial demolition of a registered property, the owner must request and receive a waiver of a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Commission.
Actual Cost of Rehabilitation
qualified rehabilitation expenditures
Washington State Advisory Council's Standards for the Rehabilitation and Maintenance of Historic Properties
State Advisory Council's Standards
A complete application shall consist of the following documentation:
In its review the Commission shall determine if the properties meet all the following criteria:
The first step is to set up a meeting with the City of Aberdeen, Community Development Department to discuss the plans for your property and to determine whether or not a Certificate of Appropriateness (CA) is necessary for the proposed work. Whenever a building permit or other City approval is applied for on a Historic Register property, whether or not the project requires a CA, the Commission shall be notified. If the activity is not exempt from review by the Commission, City staff shall notify the applicant of the review requirements. The city shall not issue any permit for work on the property until a Certificate of Appropriateness is received from the Commission. City staff shall assist the Commission in considering building and fire code requirements.
The Commission will review the proposed work for the following considerations:
The Historic Preservation Commission does not expect that buildings remain exactly as when they were built, nor does it expect that buildings will be restored to their original condition. Contemporary design for alterations and additions will be encourage when they do not destroy historical material and when the design is compatible with the size, scale, material and character of the property and its environment. Compliance is voluntary unless the property is in one of the city's historic districts, then it is mandatory.
A waiver of the Certificate of Appropriateness is required before a permit may be issued to allow whole or partial demolition of a Historical Register property or property in a Historic District. The Commission shall grant a waiver if it finds the property in questions meets any of the following criteria and if the proposed demolition is determined to substantially improve or correct any of the following conditions:
The owner or his/her agent shall apply to the Commission for a review of the proposed demolition and request a waiver. The applicant shall meet with the Commission in an attempt to find alternatives to demolition. The Commission shall issue its decision, in writing, within 45 calendar days from the initial meeting with the applicant, unless either party grants an extension. If no alternative to demolition has been agreed to during the review process, the Commission shall issue a written decision granting or denying the waiver. A copy of the Commission's decision shall be provided to the official in charge of issuing the demolition permit.
Any Commission decision regarding issuance or denial of a Certificate of Appropriateness or waiver of a Certificate of Appropriateness may be appealed to the City Council within ten days. Standing to appeal the Commission's decision shall be limited to the following person(s), pursuant to the Washington State Land Use Petition Act (36.70C.060 RCW):
Appeals must be in writing and clearly state the errors of fact or law alleged. Any appeal from the decision of the City Council must be filed in Superior Court and served on the city no later than 21 calendar days following the date of the City Council's decision or appeal is thereafter barred.