[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Taneytown 12-8-2008 by Ord. No. 8-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Standards for design, hereinafter known as "design standards," shall apply to all new construction, renovation, additions, accessory buildings and all other types of building or construction that requires a building permit which shall occur in the "Old Town" section of the City of Taneytown.
Detailed standards shall be maintained in a noncodified booklet entitled "Design Standards for the City of Taneytown" are hereby adopted by reference. Any changes or amendments to said standards shall be approved by ordinance of the City Council.
The Old Town section of the City of Taneytown shall be the area of the City known, designated as the Taneytown Historic District (inventory number Carr-1196), adopted October 9, 1986. A copy of a map depicting such area shall be maintained for public inspection in the City Office.
The administrator of the design standards in the City of Taneytown shall be the Zoning Administrator of the City of Taneytown. The administrator shall be responsible for the administration and application of design standards, including but not limited to the examination of all applications for building permits and certificates of use and occupancy, and shall approve such only where there is compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
Policies and procedures for the efficient and effective administration of the design standards shall be adopted from time to time by resolution of the City Council.
A board to be known as the "Design Review Board of the City of Taneytown" or "Design Review Board" is hereby established.
The Design Review Board shall be composed of five members: One member shall be selected from the City Council of the City of Taneytown and serve as an ex officio member; one member shall be selected from the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Taneytown and serve as an ex officio member; one member shall be selected from the Taneytown Board of Zoning Appeals and serve as an ex officio member; and two members shall be selected from the residents of the City of Taneytown and shall have a term of office of three years. These members shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.
The members of the Design Review Board shall not receive compensation for their service.
The Design Review Board shall meet monthly, on an as-needed basis, and any other times as the Design Review Board may determine. All meetings shall be open to the public, except for such meetings and sessions as may be closed by law.
The Design Standard Administrator shall serve as secretary to the Design Review Board, and the City Attorney shall serve as attorney for the Design Review Board.
The Design Review Board shall have the powers and duties as now or hereafter provided for in applicable sections of the Code of the City of Taneytown, state law, and other such powers and duties as designated by the Mayor and City Council.
Any person aggrieved by any decision of the Design Standard Administrator may appeal said decision to the Design Review Board. The appeal shall be taken within 30 days of said decision by filing with the Design Standard Administrator and Design Review Board a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof.
The Design Review Board shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of the appeal, give public notice thereof, as well as due notice to the parties in interest and decide the same within a reasonable time. At the hearing any party may appear in person or by agent or by attorney. The Design Review Board may reserve or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the requirement, decision or determination appealed from and to that end shall have the powers of the Design Standard Administrator from whom the appeal is taken.
There shall be no fee for any appeal taken to the Design Review Board.
Any person aggrieved by any decision of the Design Review Board may appeal the same to the Circuit Court of Carroll County. The appeal shall be taken according to Title 7, Chapter 200, of the Maryland Rules.