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The purpose of this title is to provide for the identification, enhancement, perpetuation and use of historic resources within the city in order to:

A. Safeguard the heritage of the city as represented by those buildings, districts, objects, sites and structures which reflect significant elements of the city’s history;

B. Foster civic and neighborhood pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past, and a sense of identity based on the city’s history;

C. Stabilize or improve the aesthetic and economic vitality and value of such sites, improvements and objects;

D. Assist, encourage and provide incentives to private owners for preservation, restoration, redevelopment and use of outstanding historic buildings, districts, objects, sites and structures;

E. Promote and facilitate the early identification and resolution of conflicts between preservation of historic resources and alternative land uses; and

F. Conserve valuable material and energy resources by ongoing use and maintenance of the existing built environment. (Ord. 2069 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1258 § 1, 1987).