TITLE 17. LIBRARIES AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
Title of Regulation: 17VAC10-20. Evaluation Criteria and Procedures for Nominations of Property to the National Register or for Designation as a National Historic Landmark (amending 17VAC10-20-130, 17VAC10-20-140, 17VAC10-20-150, 17VAC10-20-200).
Statutory Authority: §§ 10.1-2202 of the Code of Virginia.
Effective Dates: September 14, 2015, through March 14, 2017.
Agency Contact: Jennifer Pullen, Executive Assistant, Department of Historic Resources, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221, telephone (804) 482-6085, or email email@example.com.
The purpose of the emergency amendments is to address the owner objection process to properties nominated for designation by the State Review Board for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places or designation as a National Historic Landmark. An emergency exists because the process for property owners objecting to a designation to the National Register of Historic Places or a designation as a National Historic Landmark is unclear. Confusion has resulted from the current regulations about the time frames in which to operate and the amount of detail and formality necessary in owner objection letters. This confusion has negatively affected both the ability of Department of Historic Resources staff to perform their duties and the ability of property owners to exercise their rights. Staff should have clear rules, regulations, and processes to state to property owners; likewise, property owners should have a firm and detailed set of guidelines and procedures to follow in order to exercise their rights as property owners.
In current regulations, there is neither a time restriction nor a deadline for the director to receive the formal objections. In current regulations, it is not required to state the subject property address or parcel number in a formal objection letter nor is it required that the letter be attested. Lastly, current regulations do not require a copy of the recorded deed evidencing transfer of ownership to the objecting party.
The amendments to the existing regulations add clarifying language that written notification of the nomination and written notification of the public hearing will be sent to property owners as shown on "current" real estate tax assessments books. In addition, property owners who wish to object to a designation must submit their formal objection seven business days prior to the board meeting. The amendments also add that in addition to the letter being notarized, it must be attested and reference the property by address or parcel number, or both. Also, in order to be counted by the director as a property owner, if the objecting party was not listed on the real estate tax assessment list, then a copy of the recorded deed evidencing transfer of ownership must be submitted along with the attested and notarized statement.
Public Notice and Public Hearings
17VAC10-20-130. Written notice of proposed nominations.
In any county, city, or town where the director proposes to nominate property to the National Park Service for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places or for designation as a National Historic Landmark, the department shall give written notice of the proposal to the governing body and to the owner, owners, or the owner's agent of (i) property proposed to be nominated as a historic landmark building, structure, object, or site, or to be included in a historic district
, and to the owners, or their agents, of (ii) all abutting property and property immediately across the street or road or across any railroad or waterway less than 300 feet wide. The list of such owners shall be obtained from either the official land recordation records or tax records, whichever is more appropriate, within 90 days prior to the notification of the proposal. The department shall send this written notice at least 30 but not more than 75 days before the State Review Board meeting at which the nomination will be considered.
17VAC10-20-140. Public hearing for historic district; notice of hearing.
Prior to the nomination of a historic district, the department shall hold a public hearing at the seat of government of the county, city, or town in which the proposed historic district is located or within the proposed historic district. The public hearing shall be for the purpose of supplying additional information to the director. The time and place of such hearing shall be determined in consultation with a duly authorized representative of the local governing body
, and shall be scheduled at a time and place that will reasonably allow for the attendance of the affected property owners. The department shall publish notice of the public hearing once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper published or having general circulation in the county, city, or town. Such notice shall specify the time and place of the public hearing at which persons affected may appear and present their views, not less than six days or more than 21 days after the second publication of the notice in such newspaper. In addition to publishing the notice, the department shall give written notice of the public hearing at least five days before such hearing to the owner, owners, or the owner's agent of (i) each parcel of real property to be included in the proposed historic district , and to the owners, or their agents, of (ii) all abutting property, and property immediately across the street or road, or across any railroad or waterway less than 300 feet wide pursuant to 17VAC10-20-130. Notice required to be given to owners by this section may be given concurrently with the notice required to be given to the owners by 17VAC10-20-130. A complete copy of the nomination report and a map of the historic district showing the boundaries shall be sent to the local jurisdiction for public inspection at the time of notice. The notice shall include a synopsis of why the district is significant. The department shall make and maintain an appropriate record of all public hearings held pursuant to this section.
17VAC10-20-150. Mailings and affidavits; concurrent state and federal notice.
The department shall send the required notices by first class mail to the last known address of each person entitled to notice
, as shown on the current real estate tax assessment books pursuant to 17VAC10-20-130. A representative of the department shall make an affidavit that the required mailings have been made. In the case where property is also proposed for inclusion in the Virginia Landmarks Register pursuant to designation by the Virginia Board of Historic Resources, the department may provide concurrent notice of the proposed state designation and the proposed nomination to the National Register.
17VAC10-20-200. Owner objections.
Upon receiving the notification required by 17VAC10-20-130, the owners of property proposed for nomination shall have the opportunity to concur in or object to the nomination. Any owner or owners of a private property who wish to object shall submit to the director
a at least seven business days prior to the meeting of the board at which the property is considered for nomination a written, attested, and notarized statement of objection referencing the subject property by address, parcel number, or both and certifying that the objecting party is the sole or partial owner of the private property, as appropriate, and objects to the listing. If an owner objecting party whose name did not appear on the current real estate tax assessment list official land recordation records or tax records used by the director pursuant to 17VAC10-20-150 certifies in a written, attested, and notarized statement that the party is the sole or partial owner of a nominated private property, such owner shall be counted by the director in determining whether a majority of the owners has objected. Such statement must be received by the director at least seven business days prior to the meeting of the board at which the property is considered for nomination. If the owner of a private property, or the majority of the owners of a single private property with multiple owners, or the majority of the owners in a district, have has objected to the nomination prior to the submittal of a nomination, the director shall submit the nomination to the keeper only for a determination of eligibility for the National Register. In accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act, the keeper shall determine whether the property meets the National Register criteria for evaluation , but shall not add the property to the National Register.
Each owner of private property in a district has one vote regardless of how many properties or what part of one property that party owns and regardless of whether the property contributes to the significance of the district.
VA.R. Doc. No. R16-4260; Filed September 14, 2015, 12:54 p.m.