Township of Solebury, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 1]
1. 
In accordance with the provisions of an act entitled:
"An act authorizing counties, cities, boroughs, incorporated towns and townships to create historic districts within their geographic boundaries; providing for the appointment of Boards of Historical Architectural Review; empowering governing bodies of political subdivisions to protect the distinctive historical character of these districts and to regulate the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of buildings within the historic districts."
2. 
Adopted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and approved by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the 13th day of June, 1961.
3. 
To protect the portions of the Township of Solebury which recall the rich architectural and cultural heritage of our Township and state, to awaken in our people an interest in our historic past and to promote the general welfare, education and culture of our Township, there are hereby created in the Township of Solebury an historic district or districts as defined and described in § 11-102 of this Part.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 2]
The limits of historic district(s) are defined in the appendixes which are incorporated herein by reference.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 3]
This Part will not apply to a newly created historic district until the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has certified by resolution, after notification in writing of the adoption of a new district, to the historical significance of the district within the limits defined in § 11-102. The certification shall be maintained in the Township records.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 4]
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A Board of Historical Architectural Review is hereby established, to be composed of Solebury Township residents, all of whom shall have demonstrated interest in and knowledge of historic preservation. The requirements for the members of the Board shall consist of at least five persons appointed by the Township Supervisors who shall have their principal residence in Solebury Township. The membership of the Board shall consist of a registered architect, a licensed real estate broker, the Building Inspector of Solebury Township, a qualified individual from each historic district, appointed as each district is placed under this Part, and such other qualified individuals as the Board wishes to appoint.
A. 
A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum, and action taken at any meeting shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the Board.
B. 
The terms of the Board members shall be for five years. The terms of the initial Board members will be staggered so that one member will serve for one year, one for two years, and so forth. All members terms will be deemed to begin on January 1 of the year of their appointment, including new members from new districts, whose terms shall be declared to have begun January 1 of the year of their appointment.
C. 
The Supervisors reserve the right to remove any member of the Board for cause, such as failure regularly to attend meetings.
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The position of any member of the Board residing within Solebury Township at the time of his appointment who thereafter moves his residence from the Township shall automatically become vacant. Likewise, any member of the Board appointed from an historic district who thereafter moves his residence from the historic district. The Building Inspector who serves as a member of the Board, because of his position as Building Inspector, shall cease to be a member of the Board upon said person ceasing to be Building Inspector of Solebury Township. An appointment to fill a vacancy shall be only for the unexpired portion of that term.
E. 
The Board of Supervisors may appoint up to three nonvoting associate members to the Board to serve a one-year term. The associate members shall be entitled to participate in all proceedings and discussions of the Board to the same and full extent as provided by law, but shall not have the right to vote. Associate members shall either be registered architects, licensed real estate brokers, building inspectors, reside in an historic district, or otherwise qualified as determined by the Board of Supervisors. Associate members may not serve as HARB designees for purposes of the fast-track applications.
[Added by Ord. No. 2018-007, 8/14/2018]
F. 
Associate members shall serve their full term unless voluntarily resigned or removed by the Board of Supervisors. Associate members may be reappointed to additional terms at the discretion of the Board. The position of any associate member of the Board residing in Solebury Township at the time of his appointment who thereafter moves his residence from the Township shall automatically be vacant.
[Added by Ord. No. 2018-007, 8/14/2018]
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 5; as amended by A.O.]
The Board shall make written recommendations to the Supervisors of the Township of Solebury regarding the issuance of certificates of appropriateness required pursuant to the Act of June 13, 1961 (53 P.S. 8001 et seq.), and this Part. For this purpose, the Board may adopt and amend rules and regulations of their own organization and procedures, consistent with the ordinances of the Township and the laws of the commonwealth. At a minimum, these should establish regular meeting times, attendance and training requirements which should include, at least once during a term, attendance at a seminar for members of Boards of Historical Architectural Review conducted by the Municipal Training Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
The members of the Board shall serve without compensation. They shall make an annual written report of their activities to the Supervisors. The Board may, if approved by the Supervisors, employ secretarial assistance, pay salaries and wages and incur other necessary expenses.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 6]
Any person wishing to erect, reconstruct, alter or restore all or any part of a structure within an historic district which can be seen from a public street or way must secure a certificate of appropriateness from the Board of Supervisors before undertaking any work, whether or not a building permit is required for that work. Any person wishing to demolish or raze all or any part of a structure anywhere within an historic district must secure a certificate of appropriateness from the Board of Supervisors before all or any part of a structure may be demolished or razed. A certificate of appropriateness shall not be required for interior changes. Applications for certificates of appropriateness shall be made to the Building Inspector, who will forward them to the Board of Historical Architectural Review in accordance with the terms of this Part.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 7]
In those situations where a building permit is required, the Building Inspector shall not issue a permit in an historic district for any erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, demolition or razing of a building or structure or for any other alteration of the property which requires a building permit until the Supervisors of the Township of Solebury have issued a certificate of appropriateness.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 8]
Upon receipt of an application for a certificate of appropriateness, the Building Inspector shall, within five days of receipt, forward a copy of the application, together with a copy of all material filed by the applicant, to the Board of Historical Architectural Review. The Building Inspector shall maintain in his office a record of all applications together with their final disposition, which shall be in addition to and appropriately cross-referenced to his other records.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 9]
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Upon receipt by the Review Board of an application for a certificate of appropriateness, the Review Board shall consider the application at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The person applying for the certificate shall be advised of the time and place of the meeting and shall be invited to attend the meeting to speak for the application. The Review Board meetings shall be duly advertised and shall be open to the public. The Review Board shall make a recommendation to the Supervisors within 35 days after its receipt of the application. In the event that the applicant authorizes, in writing, any extension of time, the thirty-five-day period shall be increased to the same extent. If the Board fails to make its recommendation within these time periods, it will be assumed that the Review Board has no objection to the issuance of a certificate of appropriateness by the Supervisors.
2. 
Exemption from Meeting Requirements. This section shall not apply to any application that the Township, in accordance with Part 2, determines is an in-kind repair or in-kind replacement project.
[Added by Ord. 2017-010, 11/21/2017]
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 10]
1. 
In determining whether to recommend issuance or denial of issuance of a certificate of appropriateness, the Review Board will consider the following:
A. 
The effect of the proposed change upon the general historic and architectural nature of the district.
B. 
The appropriateness of exterior architectural features which can be seen from a public street or way.
C. 
The general design, arrangement, texture, material and color of the building or structure and the relation of such factors to similar features of buildings or structures in the district.
D. 
The term "building" and/or "structure," as used in this Part, shall include, but not be limited to: fences, walls, signs, carports, porches, archways and other appurtenances.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 11]
If the Review Board, on the basis of the information received at the hearing, as well as from its general background and knowledge, decides to recommend against the issuance of a certificate of appropriateness, it shall first indicate to the applicant what changes in plans and specifications, if any, could be made in order to receive a recommendation for approval from the Review Board. If the applicant accepts the suggested changes, in writing, the Board of Supervisors shall consider that the Review Board has recommended approval. If the suggested changes are not accepted in writing, the Board of Supervisors shall consider that the Review Board has recommended disapproval.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 12]
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The Review Board, after the hearing provided for in § 11-109 of this Part and after any changes are made in the plans and specifications as provided in § 11-111 of this Part, shall submit to the Board of Supervisors, in writing, its recommendation concerning the issuance or denial of a certificate of appropriateness. The written recommendation shall include the following information:
A. 
The exact Tax Map location and street address of the property in which the work is to be done.
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A description of the work to be done.
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The general design, arrangement, texture, material and color of the building or structure and the relationship of such factors to similar features of buildings or structures in the district.
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The specific historical significance of the building or structures being erected, reconstructed, altered, restored, demolished or razed.
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A list of the structures in the area, with their general exterior characteristics.
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The effect of the proposed change upon the general historic and architectural nature of the district.
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The opinion of the Review Board (including any dissent) as to the appropriateness and general compatibility of the work proposed as it will affect the character of the district.
H. 
The specific recommendation of the Board to the Township Supervisors as to the issuance or denial of a certificate of appropriateness.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 13]
Upon receipt of the written recommendation of the Review Board as provided for in § 11-112 of this Part, the Board of Supervisors of Solebury Township shall consider at the next regular meeting, unless extended by the applicant in writing, the question of issuing a certificate of appropriateness authorizing the performance of work requested in the application. The applicant will be advised by the Township Secretary as to the time and place of that meeting, at which the applicant shall have the right to attend and be heard by the Supervisors. In determining whether or not to grant the requested certificate of appropriateness, the Board of Supervisors shall consider the same factors as governed by the Board of Historical Architectural Review (see § 11-110 of this Part) and the recommendation of that Board. If the Board of Supervisors of Solebury Township approves the application, it shall issue a certificate of appropriateness. If the Board of Supervisors of Solebury Township disapproves, it shall do so in writing within 10 days of its decision, stating its reasons for disapproval. In addition, copies of the disapproval shall be given to the applicant and to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. In addition, the disapproval shall indicate what changes in the plans and specifications, if any, could be made in order to receive approval from the Board of Supervisors.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 14]
The applicant may appeal to the Zoning Hearing Board from the disapproval of a certificate of appropriateness.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 15]
The Building Inspector, with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, shall have the power to institute any proceedings at law or in equity necessary for the enforcement of this Part or the Act of June 13, 1961, 53 P.S. § 8001 et seq., in the same manner as in his enforcement of other building, zoning, or planning ordinances.
[Ord. 68, 11/7/1985, § 16; as amended by A.O.]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 2017-010, 11/21/2017]
This Part applies to all in-kind repair or in-kind replacement projects, as defined below. The purpose of this Part is to create more-streamlined procedures for such projects, which typically do not have major, if any, impacts on the historic character of the district in question. Streamlined procedures for such projects will help to preserve and enhance historic district character by providing a lower-cost and faster means to undertake such projects, preventing the decay and encouraging upkeep of structures and other historic features in the Township's historic districts. Procedures specified in this Part will differ between those projects that require a permit, and therefore a certificate of appropriateness, and those that do not.
[Ord. 2017-010, 11/21/2017]
1. 
Definitions. As used in this part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
IN-KIND REPAIR
A repair required to fix a deteriorated building or structure component and that incorporates parts and materials that are exactly the same as the original in terms of the following nonexclusive ways: appearance, materials, size, arrangement, proportion, dimensions, color, and texture.
IN-KIND REPLACEMENT
A replacement of a deteriorated building or structure component required due to irreversible deterioration and that incorporates parts and materials that are exactly the same as the original in terms of the following nonexclusive ways: appearance, materials, size, arrangement, proportion, dimensions, color, and texture.
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Examples of in-kind repairs or in-kind replacements include, but are not limited to, the following: painting or repainting in the same color and sheen; screen door repairs involving a new screen, but same material, shade, detail, and hardware;·in-kind siding repair or replacement to match original siding in same material, detail, and color; and/or roof replacement with same material, detail, and color.
[Ord. 2017-010, 11/21/2017]
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The Township shall create application materials for RRIK projects and shall make the materials and instructions available online and through the Township's offices.
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Applicants for RRIK projects who wish to use the fast-track process shall contact the Township to discuss whether, preliminarily, the proposed project may qualify as an in-'kind repair or in-kind replacement.
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If an applicant preliminarily qualifies for the fast-track process, the applicant shall complete the required fast-track application materials and submit them, along with any other required information, to the Township's HARB Administrator.
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When the HARB Administrator receives a fast-track application, he/she shall determine whether the application is administratively complete. If the application is administratively complete, the HARB Administrator shall notify the applicant and designate two HARB members ("designees") for review of the application. The HARB Administrator shall also follow other internal HARB procedures outlined for the fast-track process.
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Within five (5) business days of the HARB Administrator receiving an administratively complete application, the HARB Administrator and the HARB designees shall review the application and determine if all required detail has been provided and that the proposed work meets the RRIK requirements. The reviewers may require additional information, samples, or colors as necessary to make a determination, and the applicant shall be required to provide such supplemental information.
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Once the HARB Administrator and HARB designees complete review of the application, they shall determine if the proposed project meets the RRIK standards.
A. 
If the project does not meet the RRIK requirements, the HARB reviewers shall inform the applicant that the applicant must follow the standard HARB process under Chapter 11, Part 1, of the Township Code.
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If the project qualifies as an RRIK and does not require a permit, and therefore a certificate of appropriateness, in accordance with the Municipal Historic District Law (53 P.S. §§ 8001-8006), the HARB Administrator and HARB designees shall decide whether to approve the project. The HARB reviewers shall make that decision within five (5) business days of determining that the project qualifies as an RRIK. If the project is approved, the applicant may immediately undertake the project in accordance with the application materials provided to the Township and all other applicable Township requirements. If the project does not qualify as an RRIK, the HARB reviewers shall inform the applicant that the applicant must follow the standard HARB process under Chapter 11, Part 1 of the Township's Code.
C. 
If the project qualifies as an RRIK but requires a permit, and therefore a certificate of appropriateness in accordance with the Municipal Historic District Law, the HARB Administrator and HARB designees shall, consistent with the requirements of §§ 11-110, 11-111, and 11-112 (except for any meeting or hearing requirements), prepare a written recommendation on whether the Board of Supervisors should issue a certificate of appropriateness. Within five (5) business days of determining that the project qualifies as an RRIK, the HARB reviewers shall submit the recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for its consideration. The recommendation for RRIK projects shall not require review by all HARB members prior to submission to the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors shall then consider the recommendation as outlined under § 11-113.