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A major responsibility of the historical commission is to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the city’s historic resources by initiating and maintaining a register of historic places and reviewing proposed changes to register properties; to raise community awareness of the city’s history and historic resources; and to serve along with the Lacey museum as the city’s primary resource in matters of history, historic planning and preservation.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the historical commission shall engage in the following:

A. Conduct and maintain a comprehensive inventory of historic resources within the boundaries of the city and known as Lacey historic inventory; publicize and periodically update inventory results. Properties listed on the inventory shall be recorded on the city’s current Geographic Information System (GIS) map database;

B. Initiate and maintain the Lacey register of historic places. This official register shall be compiled of buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts identified by the commission as having historic significance worthy of recognition by the city and encouragement of efforts by owners to maintain, rehabilitate, and preserve properties;

C. Review nominations to the Lacey register of historic places according to criteria in LMC 16.53.030(A), and adopt standards in its rules to be used to guide this review;

D. Review proposals to construct, change, alter, modify, remodel, move, demolish, and significantly affect properties or districts on the register as provided in LMC 16.53.030, and adopt standards in its rules to be used to guide this review and the issuance of a certificate of appropriateness;

E. Conduct a review and provide comment in conjunction with city staff on all land use applications for approvals, permits, environmental review, and other similar documents pertaining to the historic inventory or adjacent properties;

F. Conduct all commission meetings in compliance with Chapter 42.30 RCW, Open Public Meetings Act, to provide for adequate public participation and adopt standards in its rules to guide this action;

G. Participate in, promote and conduct public information, educational and interpretive programs pertaining to historic resources;

H. Provide information to the public on methods of maintaining the rehabilitated historic properties. This may take the form of pamphlets, newsletters, workshops, or similar activities;

I. Officially recognize excellence in the rehabilitation of historic buildings, structures, sites and districts, and new construction in historic areas, and encourage appropriate measures for such recognition;

J. Be informed about and provide information to the public and city departments on incentives for preservation of historic resources including legislation, regulations, and codes which encourage the use and adaptive reuse of historic properties;

K. Submit nominations to the state and national registers of historic places;

L. Investigate and report to the city council on the use of various federal, state, local, or private funding sources available to promote historic resource acquisition and preservation in the city;

M. Establish liaison support, communication, and cooperation with federal, state, and other local government entities, native American groups and/or sovereign nations which will further historic preservation objectives, including public education, within the Lacey area;

N. Review and comment to the city council on land use, housing and redevelopment, municipal improvement, and other types of planning and programs undertaken by any agency of the city, other neighboring communities, the county, the state, or federal government as they relate to historic resources of the city;

O. Serve as the local review board for the purpose of recommending approval for special property tax valuation per Chapter 84.26 RCW and Chapter 221, Laws of 1986, and request the city to enter into an agreement with the property owner for the duration of the special valuation, during which time the review board monitors the property for continued qualifications for the special valuation per requirements of Chapter 84.26 RCW and Chapter 221, Laws of 1986. (Ord. 1519 §1, 2017; Ord. 1349 §4, 2010; Ord. 796 §4, 1986).