[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004; as amended by Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
In determining the recommendations to be made to the Board of Supervisors concerning the issuance of a certificate of appropriateness, HARB shall consider only those matters that are pertinent to the preservation of the historical and/or architectural aspect and nature of the building, site, area, or district, certified to have historical significance, including the following:
Broad historical values representing the cultural, political, economic, or social history of the Township.
The relationship of the building or structure to historic personages or events.
Significant architectural types representative of a certain historical period and a style of method of construction.
The effect of the proposed change upon the general historical and architectural nature of the historic district.
The appropriateness of the exterior architectural features, which can be seen from a public street or way.
The general design, arrangement, texture, and material of a building or structure and the relation of such factors to similar features of buildings or structures in the historic district. Consideration shall be given but not limited to the following:
Proportion of Buildings Front Facades. Preserving the relationship between the width of the front of the building and the height of the front of the building.
Proportion of Openings Within the Building. Preserving the relationship of width to height of windows and doors.
Solids to Voids in the Front Facade. Preserving the relationship between a recurrent alteration of strong and weak architectural elements.
Spacing of Buildings on Streets. Preserving the existing rhythm of recurrent or repeated building masses to spaces between each building.
Entrance and/or Porch Projections. Preserving the entrances or porch projections to maintain a pedestrian scale.
Relationship of Materials. Preserving the predominant materials of the district such as brick, stone, stucco, wood siding, or other material.
Relationship of Textures. Preserving the predominant textures of the district which may be smooth, such as stucco or rough such as brick with tooled joints or horizontal wood siding or other textures.
Relationship of Architectural Details. Preserving character defining features of buildings, such as architectural details including, but not limited to, cornices, lintels, arches, quoins, balustrades and iron work, chimneys, etc.
Relationship of Roof Shapes. Preserving compatible roof shapes such as gable, mansard, hip, flat, gambrel, and/or kinds of roof shapes.
Walls of Continuity. Preserving physical elements, which comprise streetscapes, such as brick walls, wrought iron fences, building facades or combinations of these that form visual continuity and cohesiveness along the street.
Directional Expression of Front Elevation. Preserving the orientation of structural shapes, plan of openings and architectural detail that reflect a predominantly vertical, or horizontal character to the building's facade.
Scale. Preserving the scale of the built environment created by the size of units of construction and architectural detail that relate to the size of persons. In addition, preserving building mass in its relation to open space.
Variations. The HARB shall grant variations in a manner that will be in harmony with the character of other buildings or structures on the street and/or historic district.
The height of any new building or structure shall not exceed the height of the tallest adjacent building or structure by 10%. This requirement shall also apply to any proposed modifications to existing buildings or structures.
In such rare cases where the HARB recommends and the Board of Supervisors approves demolition of a historic building or historic structure, a good faith effort shall be made by the Township and the subject property owner(s) to move said building or structure to a proximate site. If moving a building or structure slated to be demolished is economically or practically infeasible, efforts shall be made to salvage architectural features of said building or structure for use within the Township.
[Ord. 579, 10/6/2004]
No sign or permanent external advertising display of any kind shall be erected, altered or used in the historic district except to inform the public of a service, business, occupation or profession carried on, in, or about the property on which such sign of permanent external advertising display appears. In conjunction with this, no such sign or advertising display of any kind or for any purpose shall be erected or altered, notwithstanding zoning sign approval, until an application for permit to make such erection or alteration has been reviewed by HARB for its conformity in exterior material composition, exterior structural design, external appearance and size with similar advertising or information media used in the architectural period of the district and a permit granted thereon.
All other requirements of Township ordinances shall be complied with. Historical markers may be authorized by HARB subject to the provisions stipulated and such markers shall not be considered as signs but are to be erected in accordance with the established requirements.