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A. The St. George arts district overlay zone is established, which shall be an overlay zone over the existing zoning districts shown on the official city zoning map. In cases of conflict between this article and other provisions of this title, this article shall apply.

B. The boundaries of the district and overlay zone are set forth as follows:

BEGINNING at the control point in the intersection of 100 South and 100 West Streets and is according to the official St. George city plat located in Township 42 South, Ranges 15 and 15 West SLB&M, and running thence S 89°53'01"E 784.07 feet m/l along the Survey Control Line; thence N 0°08'44"E 377 feet m/l along the lot line between Lots 3 and 4, Block 15, Plat “A”; thence easterly 264 feet m/l to the west line of Lot 8 of said Block 15, Plat “A”; thence northerly 19 feet m/l along said west line to the north line of Southern Utah Title Company property; thence easterly 191 feet m/l along said north line to the 100 East Street Control Line; thence N 0°08'44"E 1449 feet m/l to the St. George City Survey Control Point at the intersection of 200 North and 100 East Streets; thence N 89°51'44"W 323 feet m/l along the Survey Control Line; thence N 0°08'44"E 178.20 feet m/l along the center block line between Lots 1 and 2 of Block 2, Plat “D”, St. George City Survey to the center point of said Block 2; thence westerly 295 feet m/l along the east-west centerline of said Block 2, Plat “D” to the Main Street Survey Control Line; thence S 0°08'44"W 178.20 feet m/l to the 200 North and Main Street Survey Control Point; thence N 89°51'44"W 458 feet m/l along the 200 North Control Line to an extension of the lot line of Lots 2 and 3 of Block F-3, Plat “A”; thence northerly along said line between Lots 2 and 3 to the south line of Diagonal Street; thence N 48°16'24"W along said southerly line of Diagonal Street to the northwesterly corner of Lot 4 of said Block F-3, Plat "A”; thence S 0°08'09"W 69.77 feet along the west line of said Block F-3, Plat “A” to an extension of the south line of Hanover Court property; thence westerly 190 feet m/l along said line extended to a point on said line 100 feet from the east line of Block 39, Plat “A”; thence southerly 347 feet m/l parallel to and 100 feet west of said east block line to the south line of 200 North Street; thence westerly 32 feet m/l to the northwest corner of Lot 8, Block 31, Plat “A”; thence southerly 346.5 feet m/l along the line between Lots 7 and 8, 1 and 2 to the north line of Red Hills Investment Inc. property; thence Easterly 191 feet m/l to the 100 West Street Control Line; thence S 0°08'09"E 214.29 feet m/l along said Control Line; thence S 0°08'56"W 1236.85 feet along said 100 West Street Control Line to the point of beginning.

C. Design Guidelines: The following are the design guidelines for buildings located in the district:

1. Signs: All signs within the district shall be part of an overall design scheme and shall conform to the sign standards.

2. Underground Utility Lines: All utility lines shall be located underground.

D. Rehabilitation Guidelines for Significant Historic Buildings: Rehabilitation of significant historic buildings shall comply with the guidelines set forth herein and, in addition, all applicable statutes, codes and ordinances, as amended from time to time, relating to the use, maintenance, construction and occupancy of the property.

1. Standards: All improvements to landmark sites shall be in accord with the general and specific standards for historic preservation as prepared by the Secretary of the Interior, and in harmony with the architectural character of the neighborhood.

2. Additions: Whenever possible, new additions or adaptive reuse to structures shall be done in such a manner that if such additions or changes were to be removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the structure would not be impaired.

3. Parking and Access: Off-street parking, loading facilities and pedestrian access shall be designed so as not to create conflicting movement. All other areas other than driveways, parking areas, walks and terraces shall be appropriately landscaped and provided with appropriate trees and shrubbery.

4. Accessory Structures: Accessory structures shall be improved to harmonize with any redevelopment of the primary structure.

5. Restoration of Exterior Façades: Restoration of all exterior façades, including the side and rear façade, shall be in keeping with the objectives herein. Roofline, windows and exterior facing materials shall all be considered. Adjoining buildings in separate or the same ownership shall be rehabilitated so as to carry out a unified concept.

6. Harmony of Materials, Techniques and Colors: Materials, techniques and colors must conform to and harmonize with original materials and techniques. To this end, the emphasis should be, where practical, on correct period sash, doors, cornices, wall materials and signs and the removal of present-day anachronisms, such as defacing or out-of-scale contemporary features. The general requirements shall apply particularly to visible surfaces on the exterior. New work adjoining old must be carefully blended to minimize the separation, unless, in the opinion of qualified architectural experts, it is better to make the joining areas obvious and thereby emphasize the qualities of the original work.

7. Patching: When repairing or replacing masonry details, decorations or parapet walls, care should be taken to prevent an obvious and unsightly patch. Materials, joints, etc., should match the original as closely as possible in composition, color and texture. For additional information on repairing masonry walls, see the Preservation Brief No. 2, prepared by the Technical Preservation Services Division of the United States Department of the Interior.

8. Fake Details and Decorations: Fake “historic” details, decorations and other additions should be avoided.

9. Anchoring: Sagging details, decorations, cornices, string courses, lintels, arches, pilasters, and parapet walls should be firmly reanchored. The original height of the parapet wall should not be modified.

10. Repair or Replacement of Architectural Details: Deteriorated building details should be repaired rather than replaced whenever possible. Repair or replacement of missing architectural decorations and details should be based on accurate duplications, substantiated by historical, physical or pictorial evidence rather than on conjectural design. In the event replacement is necessary, the new material should match the original material in composition, design, color and texture.

11. Painting: Heavy or numerous coats of paint, or paint in the wrong color, that obscures architectural decorations and details should be removed before repainting. Refer to Preservation Brief No. 10, Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork, by the Technical Preservation Services Division of the United States Department of the Interior.

12. Fixtures: Hardware and lighting fixtures, where practical, shall be selected with care to conform to authentic work of the period, and to match remaining originals where such exist.

13. Ornaments: If the original or significant detail no longer exists or is too deteriorated to save, it is recommended that a contemporary design be undertaken which is compatible with the rest of the building in scale, design, materials, color and texture. An alternative might be to undertake an accurate restoration based on historical research and physical evidence. Where an original or significant detail no longer exists and no evidence exists to document its early appearance, it is generally preferable to undertake a contemporary detail that retains the historic “flavor” of the building.

14. Materials:

a. Original building wall material should not be covered with any form of inappropriate siding. Where this has already occurred, the inappropriate siding should be removed and the original wall material restored;

b. Masonry facings shall be cleaned and painted as necessary. Sandblasting is forbidden without prior approval of the historic preservation commission. All repointing, when necessary, shall be done according to the specifications set by Preservation Brief No. 2, Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Brick Buildings, by the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, United States Department of the Interior;

c. Recommended materials for rehabilitation of masonry buildings include traditional bond pattern, such as running bond or Flemish bond, not stack bond. Clay facing tile may be used if the face size of the tile is that of standard brick and if the bond pattern is typical of contributing buildings in the neighborhood;

d. The imitation of stone veneer or brick, using stucco, prefabricated plastic, plywood and/or fiber panels is not acceptable, unless documented through historic or pictorial evidence;

e. Asphalt or wood shingled awnings and diagonal sided panels are not acceptable;

f. Vinyl or aluminum panels imitating clapboard or wood siding are not acceptable;

g. Glazing shall be clear, nonreflective, and untinted. Double-glazed insulating glass or materials such as acrylic or high-impact polycarbonate panels are permissible;

h. Wall surfaces that have not been painted should remain unpainted.

15. Color:

a. Color for all rehabilitation work must blend with the existing exterior residential color palette. If any new brick is used for rehabilitation work, it must be similar in texture, effect and color to the original brick. Stucco color for exterior walls shall be similar in tone to the muted pastels typical of historic pioneer stucco buildings or shall blend with the natural tones of the surrounding geology reflected on the exterior of adjacent buildings;

b. White and off-white may be used on decorative elements such as lintels, sills and cornices. Bright colors are not appropriate for major architectural elements such as building walls. However, when used sparingly in fine lines, such as on the wood trim of a storefront, a brighter color than that of the building face will be allowed to enhance a particular color scheme;

c. Metallic finishes generally are not allowed, except when used in such treatments as painted-gold or bronze-toned lettering on storefront glass;

d. A simple color scheme of up to no more than three (3) exterior colors is required.

16. Mechanical Equipment:

a. Radio, television, telephone and/or other telecommunication equipment, such as antennas or satellite “dishes” and ancillary systems, cables, junction boxes and the like, shall be placed behind or within suitable visual barriers in such a way that it is not visible from the streets;

b. Heating and air conditioning equipment, including cooling units, blowers, exhaust fans, ducts and/or ancillary systems, support units, brackets, wiring, junction boxes and the like, shall be properly screened or installed behind or within suitable visual barriers.

17. New Construction: The guidelines in this section are to be used by those planning new construction. Their purpose is to reinforce and enhance the historic architectural character of the neighborhood by encouraging compatible new construction. The guidelines do this by describing and illustrating certain design concepts found in the historic architecture of the neighborhood; concepts which can be applied in the design of new structures.

18. Considerations: The historic preservation commission will consider design concepts other than those recommended in these guidelines when necessary to promote design concepts found in the historic architecture of the neighborhood. However, in order for a design to be considered for exceptional review, it must not include the use of elements that are designated as inappropriate in the guidelines.

19. Siting: The ground floor of new structures should relate to the pedestrian’s human scale and continue to display the siting of neighboring structures.

20. Scale:

a. Of the many criteria that must be considered when designing new buildings for the neighborhood, by far the most important is the scale of the new building and its relationship to the scale of the neighborhood;

b. Just as the relationship of a new structure to the buildings on its block is important, so is it important that the elements within its façade be appropriately scaled. The scale of these elements should recall those of neighboring structures.

21. Width of Building: Building widths have a major impact upon the perception of the scale of a building. The apparent widths of the front façades of new buildings should correspond to typical widths of the buildings on the same block. A long façade should be broken into separate elements to suggest façade widths or bays similar to those of neighboring buildings.

22. Windows: Original windows in the older buildings are predominantly wood double-hung type. A sash pattern of one over one (1/1), that is, one (1) undivided framed pane above a similar pane, is the most common type. In new construction, one over one (1/1) type is required, unless the majority of windows in adjacent structures facing the streetscape clearly indicates otherwise. The pattern of a one over one (1/1) window may be achieved by the use of fixed glass, with three (3) conditions:

a. The window frame replicates the proportions of a typical double-hung window sash;

b. No unpainted clear aluminum is used for the frame; and

c. The window frame is of similar cross-sectional size to that of double-hung windows typical of the neighborhood.

23. Ornament: The ornamental details shall be compatible and in scale with those used in the streetscape.

24. Color: Approved color schemes appropriate for the neighborhood are required.

a. Muted background colors are required for the majority of the building surfaces;

b. Up to two (2) complementary accent colors may be used in addition to the background color;

c. Finished Wood Surfaces: The rustic or bare wood look is not allowed;

d. The natural color of stone or brick may not be painted;

e. Roofs must be a neutral or muted brown or gray. (Ord. 2019-10-002, 10-10-2019)