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Village of Grafton, WI
Ozaukee County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Grafton by Ord. No. 025, Series 2008, (Title 2, Ch. 2.32, of the 1979 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established an Architectural Review Board for the Village of Grafton for promoting compatible development, aesthetics, stability or property values, and to prevent impairment or depreciation of existing developments.
No structure shall hereafter be erected, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarged or have its exterior altered or changed without the Architectural Review Board's approval (or its recommendation in the case of structures also requiring site plan review under § 19.06.0100 of the Code[1]). Small accessory structures are exempt unless the Zoning Administrator requests a determination by the Architectural Review Board.
[1]
Editor's Note: This reference is to the Village's Zoning Code, Title 19/Chapter 19, which is accessible on the Village's website.
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The Architectural Review Board shall consist of five regular members. The Village Building Inspector shall be an ex officio member. Members shall be residents of the Village of Grafton appointed by the Village President, subject to confirmation by the Village Board.
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Composition. The Architectural Review Board shall consist of one Village Trustee, one Plan Commissioner not also serving as a Trustee, and three citizen members.
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Appointment of members.
1. 
Village Trustee member. The Village Trustee member of the Architectural Review Board shall be appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Village Board. Such member shall be confirmed by the Village Board at the second Village Board meeting in April of each year. The Village Trustee member shall serve in one-year term increments, except when the office is or becomes vacant.
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Plan Commission member. There shall be one member of the Plan Commission on the Architectural Review Board, who shall be appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Village Board. Such member may be a Village Trustee or a citizen member of the Plan Commission; such appointment shall occur no later than the first meeting of the Village Board in May of a given year.
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Citizen members. Three citizen members shall be appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Village Board. Such members shall be confirmed by the Village Board at the first regular meeting of the Village Board in May of each year. Citizen members shall serve staggered three-year terms, except that the initial three citizen appointees shall have one-, two- and three-year terms, respectively, at the discretion of the Village President. Citizen members shall be persons of recognized experience and qualifications and shall include a minimum of two design professionals, if available.
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Chair. The Architectural Review Board shall designate one of its members as Chair.
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Official oaths. The official oaths shall be taken by all members according to § 19.01, Wis. Stats., within five days of receiving notice of their appointments.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
F. 
Vacancies. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as appointments for the full term.
The Architectural Review Board shall organize and adopt rules for its own government according to the provisions of this section.
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Meetings. Meetings shall be held according to the adopted schedule and shall be open to the public.
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Minutes. Minutes shall be kept showing all actions taken and shall be a public record. The grounds for every decision shall be stated.
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Quorum. Quorum shall be three members, and all actions shall require the concurring vote of a majority of the Board present.
The Architectural Review Board shall have the following powers:
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Hear and decide applications. Hear and decide applications for permission to erect, move, reconstruct, extend, alter or change the exterior of all structures.
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Approve, deny or conditionally approve the application. Approve, deny or conditionally approve the application, or in the case of structures also requiring site plan review, recommend approval, denial or conditional approval to the Plan Commission. The Architectural Review Board may request such modifications as it may deem necessary to carry out the purpose of this chapter.
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Assistance. The Architectural Review Board may request assistance from other municipal officers, departments, boards and commissions.
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Additional information. Request applicant to furnish additional information.
Applications for approval by the Architectural Review Board shall be made to the Building Inspector and shall be accompanied by information and data as required under § 19.06.0400 of the Village of Grafton Zoning Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: This reference is to the Village's Zoning Code, Title 19/Chapter 19, which is accessible on the Village's website.
The Architectural Review Board shall not approve or recommend approval of any application unless it finds beyond a reasonable doubt that the following facts and conditions exist:
A. 
Conformance with architectural review principles and standards. The exterior design proposed is in conformance with the principles and standards set forth in § 19.06.0402 of the Village of Grafton Zoning Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: This reference is to the Village's Zoning Code, which is accessible on the Village's website.
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No substantial depreciation of property values. The exterior design is not unsightly or obnoxious and is not disharmonious or so similar to existing or proposed neighboring developments that substantial depreciation of neighboring property or development will be caused by the applicant's proposal.
The Architectural Review Board shall decide all applications within five days after its review and shall transmit a signed copy of its decision to the applicant and file a copy with the Building Inspector.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1.01, Code Adoption)]
Any person or persons aggrieved by any decision of the Architectural Review Board may appeal the decision to the Board of Appeals. Such appeal shall be filed with the Zoning Administrator within 30 days after filing of the decision.
The members of the Architectural Review Board shall receive such compensation as the Village Board shall from time to time designate.