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A. Procedure

The following procedure shall be used to designate signs as Landmark Signs. No sign shall be considered a Landmark Sign unless it has received that designation through this process.

1. An application for a landmark sign designation shall be submitted in accordance with paragraph 3.2.4, Application Requirements.

2. The Planning Director, or designee, shall forward the application and all supporting material to the Historic Preservation Commission.

3. The applications shall be considered by the Historic Preservation Commission. The Commission shall review the application and may designate the sign as a Landmark Sign, deny the designation, or request additional information in order to make a decision. A sign which is denied a designation shall be considered a nonconforming sign which shall be removed.

4. If the sign is designated as a Landmark Sign, a copy of the application shall be submitted to the Inspections Department. After designation, the applicant shall have 60 days to bring any signs that pose a hazard into a structurally safe condition. Failure to assure that the signs are safe and do not pose a hazard shall result in loss of the Landmark Sign designation. The Inspections Department shall issue a sign permit for the sign if the sign is found to be structurally safe. Landmark Signs shall conform to all other provisions of this section not in conflict with the privileges of the landmark designation.

5. Landmark signs shall be subject to the privileges and regulations of Sec. 11.7, Landmark Signs, but Article 11, Sign Standards, shall otherwise not apply.

B. Approval Criteria

The Historic Preservation Commission may establish a schedule to review applications for Landmark Sign designations. To qualify as a Landmark Sign, the sign shall meet all of the following criteria:

1. Be recognized as important to the culture or history of the jurisdiction, or possess unique characteristics, or incorporate materials or craftsmanship not commonly found in newer signs.

2. Bear a close resemblance to its appearance when it was installed.