A. Description and Purpose:

1. The historic preservation district ordinance, hereinafter referred to as the HP district and its regulations, may be applied to property located in any zoning district in accordance with the provisions of this section. The HP district is intended to be an overlay zoning district and the regulations imposed by such district shall be in addition to the regulations of the underlying zoning district applicable to the subject parcel.

2. The city hereby declares that the historical, architectural, cultural, and aesthetic features of the city represent some of the finest and most valuable resources and such resources are the embodiment of the heritage of the people of the city. Therefore, it is hereby declared that the purposes of this section, to be known as the historic preservation district ordinance, shall be as follows:

a. To promote the creation of historic districts and landmarks for the educational, cultural, economical and general welfare of the public through the preservation, protection and regulation of buildings, sites, monuments, structures and areas of historic interest or importance within the city;

b. To safeguard the heritage of the city by preserving and regulating historic landmarks and districts which reflect elements of its cultural, social, economical, political and architectural history;

c. To preserve and enhance the environmental quality of neighborhoods;

d. To strengthen the city's economic base by the stimulation of conservation and reuse;

e. To establish and preserve property values;

f. To foster economic development;

g. To ensure the harmonious, orderly and efficient growth and development of the municipality;

h. To promote the use of historic landmarks and districts for the culture, prosperity, education and welfare of the people of the city and visitors to the city;

i. To establish a preservation plan to accomplish the goals of this section.

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