It is the intention of this chapter that the designation of buildings and structures in residential districts shall be accomplished either voluntarily or pursuant to § 306-43 of Chapter 306, Zoning, of this Code, in the latter case initiated solely by property owners and not by the Architectural and Historic Board of Review. The following procedures have been enacted to facilitate such designations and applications. (Additionally, an owner of property located in the business, industrial and/or commercial zoning districts may choose to apply for designation of his/her property as a landmark; however, the foregoing shall not in any way diminish the jurisdiction and authority of the Board to apply, when applicable, the provisions of § 13-10D to a building permit application made regarding a building and/or structure located in the business, industrial and/or commercial zoning districts, which building or structure may not have been specifically designated as a landmark.)
Designation of landmarks in residential areas.
Application. An owner of property within the Village of Northport may request the designation of such premises as a landmark by submitting to the Board an application for such designation on a form furnished by the Board.
Procedure. When the Board reviews an application for designation:
A preliminary, informal conference will be scheduled with the owner of the subject premises within 14 days of receipt of the application, which may result in the Board issuing a decision designating the property as a landmark.
Thereafter, within 10 days of said informal conference, notice that such application is being entertained and that a hearing will be held thereon shall be given by the Board to the owner or owners of the parcel on which the proposed landmark or landmark site is situated. Such notice shall contain the date of public hearing of such application and shall be mailed by registered mail, not less than 10 days prior to such hearing. The public hearing shall be held within 30 days of the date of the informal conference. At least five days prior to said hearing, a copy of the notice shall be published in the official newspaper of the Incorporated Village of Northport.
The Board shall hold a public hearing on the application.
No application shall be renewed for a period of one year from the date of initial filing.
The Board shall issue, in writing, its determination to approve or disapprove the application within 30 days of the date of the public hearing thereon, and said decision, and the record therein, shall thereupon be filed in the office of the Village Clerk. Copies of said decision shall be forwarded to the property owner of the subject premises.
Review of applications for the creation of Historic Overlay Districts made pursuant to § 306-43 of Chapter 306, Zoning, of the Code of the Village of Northport. Any application for the location of an Historic Overlay District made pursuant to Article XII of Chapter 306, Zoning, of the Code of the Village of Northport shall, prior to submission to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Northport, be reviewed and commented upon by the Board of Architectural and Historic Review. The report of the Board, its findings, comments and recommendations shall be transmitted to the Board of Trustees in written form within 45 days of the date of referral to the Board of Architectural and Historic Review by the Board of Trustees. In said period of time, the Board of Architectural and Historic Review may conduct a public hearing to consider the proposed overlay district. The foregoing referral to the Board of Architectural and Historic Review shall be in lieu of referral to the Planning Board, and the provisions of § 306-43A(3) shall not apply to applications for the establishment of Historic Overlay Districts.
In reviewing applications for the designation of landmarks, or in reviewing applications for the establishment of an Historic Overlay District, the Board shall consider the following in making its determination:
That the structure, building or district has special historical significance to the Village of Northport, Town of Huntington, County of Suffolk, State of New York or to the United States of America by reason of famous events or the antiquity or uniqueness of architectural construction or design.
That designation of the subject structure, building or district as an historical landmark site or historic district will promote the public health, safety and/or general welfare.
That village property values, heritage, character and quality will be preserved and/or enhanced.
The Chair of the Board shall be responsible for appropriate public identification of historical areas designated as landmarks and historic districts on a Landmark and Historic District Map. The Board must approve the size, style, color, topography, material of construction and wording of all privately owned signs identifying landmarks, landmark sites and properties within historic districts, prior to installation, consistent with the provisions of Chapter 243, Signs, hereof.