A. Criteria for Determining Designation in the Register. Any building, structure, site, object, or district may be designated for inclusion in the Lacey Register of Historic Places if it is significantly associated with the history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, or cultural heritage of the community; has historical integrity; is at least fifty years old, or is of a lesser age and has exceptional importance; and if it falls in at least one of the following categories:
1. Is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of national, state, or local history;
2. Embodies the distinctive architectural characteristics of a type, period, style, or method of design or construction, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction;
3. Is an outstanding work of a designer, builder, or architect who has made a substantial contribution to the art;
4. Exemplifies or reflects special elements of the city’s cultural, special, economic, political, aesthetic, engineering, or architectural history;
6. Has yielded, or may be likely to yield, important archaeological information related to history or pre-history;
7. Is a building or structure removed from its original location but which is significant primarily for architectural value, or which is the only surviving structure significantly associated with an historic person or event;
9. Is a cemetery which derives its primary significance from age, from distinctive design features, or from association with historic events, or cultural patterns;
11. Is a creative and unique example of folk architecture and design created by persons not formally trained in the architectural or design professions, and which does not fit into formal architectural or historical categories.
B. Process for Designating Properties or Districts to the Register.
1. Any person may nominate a building, structure, site, object or district for inclusion in the Lacey Register of Historic Places. Members of the historical commission or the commission as a whole may generate nominations. In its designation decision, the commission shall consider the Lacey historical inventory and the city Comprehensive Plan.
2. In the case of individual properties, the designation shall include the UTM reference and all features, interior and exterior, and outbuildings which contribute to its designation.
3. In the case of districts, the designation shall include description of the boundaries of the district, the characteristics of the district which justifies its designation, and a list of all properties including features, structures, sites, objects, and open spaces which contribute to the designation of the district.
4. The historical commission shall consider the merits of the nomination, according to the criteria in subsection A of this section and according to the nomination review standards established by the commission, at a public meeting. Adequate notice shall be given to the public, the owner(s), and the authors of the nomination, if different, and lessees, if any, of the subject property prior to the public meeting according to standards for public meetings established in rules and in compliance with Chapter 42.30 RCW, Open Public Meeting Act. Such notice shall include publication in a newspaper of general circulation in Lacey, and posting of the property. If the commission finds that the nominated property is eligible for the Lacey Register of Historic Places, the commission shall make recommendation to the city council that the property be listed in the register. The public, property owner(s) and the authors of the nomination, if different, and lessees, if any, shall be notified of the listing. In addition, prior to submitting the recommendations to the city council, the historical commission will obtain a signed statement from the appropriate party/owner of record stating their willingness to have their property listed in the Lacey, state, and/or national register.
In the case of districts, if the commission finds the nominated district is eligible for the register, the designated area will be defined and submitted to the planning commission for review, and recommendation to the city council.
5. Properties listed on the Lacey Register of Historic Places shall be recorded on official zoning records with an “HR” (for historic register) designation. This designation shall not change or modify the underlying zone classification.
C. Removal of Properties from the Register. In the event that any property is no longer deemed appropriate for designation to the Lacey Register of Historic Places, the commission may initiate removal from such designation by the same procedure as provided for in this chapter for establishing the designation.
D. Effects of Listing on the Register.
1. Listing on the Lacey Register of Historic Places 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.
2. Prior to the commencement of any work on a registered property, excluding ordinary repair and maintenance including painting and emergency measures defined in LMC 16.53.020, the owner must request 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.
4. Lacey was certified as a certified local government (CLG) on December 19, 1986. As such, properties listed on the local register may be eligible for a special tax valuation on their rehabilitation, pursuant to LMC 16.53.050.