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The major responsibility of the landmark preservation board is to identify and actively encourage the conservation of the city’s historic resources by initiating and maintaining a register of historic landmarks and reviewing proposed changes to register properties; to raise community awareness of the city’s history and historic resources; and to serve as the city’s primary resource in matters of history, historic planning and preservation.

In carrying out these responsibilities, the landmark preservation board shall engage in the following:

A. Conduct and maintain a comprehensive inventory of historic resources within the planning boundaries of the city (Bothell historic inventory); publicize and periodically update inventory results. Properties listed on the inventory shall be recorded on the official zoning records for historic inventory designation. This designation shall not change or modify the underlying zone classification;

B. Initiate and maintain the Bothell register of historic landmarks. This official register shall be compiled of buildings, districts, objects, sites or structures identified by the board 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 Bothell register of historic landmarks according to the criteria in BMC 22.16.010 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 on the register or within districts on the register as provided in Chapter 22.28 BMC and adopt standards in its rules to be used to guide this review and the issuance of a certificate of appropriateness;

E. Provide for the review either by the board or its staff of all applications for approvals, permits, environmental assessments or impact statements, and other similar documents pertaining to identified historic resources or adjacent properties;

F. Conduct all board meetings in compliance with Chapter 42.30 RCW, the Open Public Meetings Act, as it now exists or is hereafter amended, 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 and rehabilitating historic properties;

I. 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;

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

K. Establish liaison support, communication and cooperation with federal, state and other local government entities which will further historic preservation objectives, including public education, within the Bothell area;

L. 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 governments, as they relate to historic resources of the city;

M. Serve as the local review board for the purpose of approving applications for special property tax valuation per Chapter 84.26 RCW as it now exists or is hereafter amended and entering 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 qualification for the special valuation per requirements of state law;

N. Advise the city council generally on matters of city history and historic preservation;

O. Perform other related functions assigned to the board by the city council;

P. The board shall adopt rules of procedure to address subsections C, D and F of this section. (Ord. 2069 § 2 (Exh. B), 2011; Ord. 1635 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1258 § 1, 1987).