[Adopted 12-14-2016 by Ord. No. 765]
There is hereby created in and for the Borough of Alpine a commission as provided for in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-107 to be known as the "Historic Preservation Commission of the Borough of Alpine."
The powers of the Historic Preservation Commission shall be performed by the Planning Board pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-25.
At least one member of the Planning Board shall meet the requirement of a Class A Member and one shall meet the requirements of a Class B Member and the remaining members can be Class C Members.
Class A: a person who is knowledgeable in building design and construction or architectural history.
Class B: a person who is knowledgeable or with a demonstrated interest in local history.
Class C: any citizen of the Borough who holds no other municipal office, position or employment other than membership on Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The Commission shall elect from its membership a Chairman and a Vice Chairman.
The Commission shall create rules and procedures for the transaction of its business, subject to the following regulations:
The Commission's members, including the Chairman or, in his absence, the Vice Chairman, but not less than a majority of the full authorized membership, may grant or deny a certificate of appropriateness.
The Commission shall appoint a Secretary, who need not be a member of the Commission. The Secretary shall keep minutes and records of all meetings and proceedings, including voting records, attendance, resolutions, findings, determinations and decisions. All such material shall be public records.
All meetings shall comply with the Open Public Meetings Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.).
The Commission members shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of official business.
Within the limits of funds appropriated for the performance of its work, grants and gifts, the Commission may obtain the services of qualified persons to direct, advise and assist the Commission and may obtain the equipment, supplies and other material necessary to its effective operation.
The Commission is empowered to seek advisory opinions and technical assistance from all municipal employees on any matter within the Commission's jurisdiction. The Commission shall obtain its legal counsel from the Borough Attorney or such other attorney so designated by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, at a rate of compensation to be determined and approved by the governing body. Expenditure pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed, exclusive of gifts or grants, the amount appropriated by the governing body for the Commission's use.
Powers and duties. The Commission shall:
Prepare and adopt a Landmarks Designation List and Landmarks Map.
Make recommendations to the Planning Board on the Historic Preservation Plan Element of the Master Plan and on the implications for preservation of historic sites of any Master Plan elements.
Advise the Planning Board on the inclusion of historic sites in the recommended capital improvement program.
Advise the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment on applications for development pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-110.
Provide written reports, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-111, on the application of the Zoning Ordinance provisions concerning historic preservation.
Hear and decide advisory applications for certificates of appropriateness.
Amend, from time to time, as circumstances warrant, the Landmarks Designation List and Landmarks Map.
Collect and disseminate material on the importance of historic preservation and techniques for achieving the same.
Advise all municipal agencies regarding goals and techniques of historic preservation.
Adopt and promulgate such regulations and procedures not inconsistent with this article as are necessary and proper for the effective and efficient performance of the duties herein assigned.