The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall mean as follows, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
B. “Certificate of appropriateness” is the document indicating that the commission has reviewed the proposed changes to a local Register property or within a local Register Historical District and certified the changes as not adversely affecting the historic characteristics of the property which contribute to its designation.
C. “Class of properties eligible to apply for special valuation” are the class of properties eligible for special valuation listed on the Lacey Register of Historic Places or properties listed as contributing to a Lacey Register historic district, and on a local, state, and/or National Register.
D. “Cultural resources” is physical evidence or place of past human activity, site, object, landscape, structure; or a site, structure, landscape, object or natural feature of significance to a group of people traditionally associated with it.
F. A “district” is a geographically definable area--urban or rural, small or large--possessing a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, and/or objects united by past events or aesthetically by plan or physical development.
G. “Emergency repair” is work necessary to prevent destruction or dilapidation to real property or structural appurtenances thereto immediately threatened or damaged by fire, flood, earthquake, or other disaster.
H. “Historic” is generally considered to be fifty years old.
I. “Inadvertent discovery” is unanticipated discovery of protected cultural material during ground-disturbing or other activities related to development.
J. “Incentives” are such rights or privileges, or combination thereof, which the city council, or other local, state, or federal public body or agency, by virtue of applicable present or future legislation, may be authorized to grant or obtain for the owner(s) of registered properties. Examples of economic incentives include, but are not limited to, tax relief, conditional use permits, rezoning, street vacation, planned unit development, transfer of development rights, facade easements, gifts, preferential leasing policies, beneficial placement of public improvements or amenities, or the like.
L. “Lacey historical commission” or “commission” is the commission designed in Chapter 2.42 LMC.
M. “Lacey’s Register of Historic Places” or “Register” is the local listing of properties provided for in LMC 16.53.030.
O. “National Register of Historic Places” is the national listing of properties significant to our cultural history because of their documented importance to our history, architectural history, engineering, or cultural heritage.
P. “Object” is a thing of functional, aesthetic, cultural, historical, or scientific value that may or may not be, by nature or design, movable yet related to a specific setting or environment.
Q. “Ordinary repair and maintenance” is work for which a permit issued by the city is not required by law, and where the purpose and effect of such work is to correct any deterioration or decay of or damage to the real property or structure or appurtenance therein and to restore the same, as nearly as may be practicable, to the condition prior to the occurrence of such deterioration, decay, or damage; provided that all work is done in accordance with standards issued by Secretary of the Department of the Interior.
S. “Prehistoric” means the time period before written record.
T. “Significance” or “significant,” used in the context of historic significance, is the following: a property with local, state, or national significance is one which helps in the understanding of the history or pre-history of the local area, state, or nation (whichever is applicable) by illuminating the local, statewide, or nationwide impact of the events or persons associated with the property, or its architectural type or style in information potential. The local area can include the city of Lacey, Thurston County, or southwest Washington, or a modest geographical or cultural area, such as a neighborhood. Local significance may apply to a property that illustrates a theme that is important to the history of the state; and national significance to property of exceptional value in representing or illustrating an important theme in the history of the nation.
U. A “site” is a place where a significant event or pattern of events occurred. It may be the location of prehistoric or historic occupation or activities that may be marked by physical remains; or it may be the symbolic focus of a significant event or pattern of events that may not have been actively occupied. A site may be the location of a ruined or now nonexistent building or structure, or the location itself possesses historic, cultural or archaeological significance.
W. “Structure” is a work made up of interdependent and interrelated parts in a definite pattern of organization. Generally constructed by man, it is often an architectural and/or engineering project.
X. “UTM” (Universal Transverse Mercator) is a grid zone in metric measurement providing for an exact point of numerical reference.