In addition to any other penalties provided in Section 1120 or elsewhere, alteration or demolition of a Significant or Contributory Building or any building within a Conservation District in violation of the provisions of this Article shall eliminate the eligibility of the building’s lot as a Preservation Lot. Such a lot may not be developed in excess of the floor area ratio of the demolished building for a period of 20 years from the unlawful demolition, if it is the site of an unlawfully demolished Significant Building (Category I or II), or Contributory Building (Category III) or the site of an unlawfully demolished Contributory Building (Category IV) from which TDR have been transferred. No department shall approve or issue a permit that would authorize construction of a structure contrary to the provisions of this Section.
A property owner may be relieved of the penalties provided in Subsection (a) if:
as to an unlawful alteration, the owner can demonstrate to the HPC that the violation would have constituted a Minor Alteration and has applied for a Permit for Minor Alteration to legalize the violation; or
as to an unlawful alteration, the owner restores the original distinguishing qualities and character of the building destroyed or altered, including exterior character-defining spaces, materials, features, finishes, exterior walls and exterior ornamentation. A property owner who wishes to effect a restoration pursuant to Subsection (b)(2) shall, in connection with the filing of a building or site permit application, seek approval of the proposed restoration by reference to the provisions of this Section. If the HPC approves the application and determines that the proposed work will effect adequate restoration, the HPC shall so find. Upon approval and the completion of work, the lot shall again become an eligible Preservation Lot and the limitation on floor area ratio set forth in Subsection (a) shall not thereafter apply. The HPC may not approve the restoration unless it first finds that the restoration can be done with a substantial degree of success. The determination under this Subsection (b)(2) is a final administrative decision.
(Formerly codified as Sec. 1114; redesignated and amended by Ord. 95-12, File No. 120301, App. 5/21/2012, Eff. 6/20/2012)
(Former Sec. 1116 added by Ord. 414-85, App. 9/17/85; redesignated as Sec. 1118 by Ord. 95-12, File No. 120301, App. 5/21/2012, Eff. 6/20/2012)
Former Sec. 1114 redesignated as current Sec. 1116; divisions (a), (b)(1), and (b)(2) amended; Ord. 95-12, Eff. 6/20/2012.