Citations Affected: IC 36-7-11-23.
Synopsis: Historic preservation. Conference committee report for ESB 4. Provides the exclusive method for removing the designation of a historic district. Provides that a petition requesting the removal of a designation of a historic district may be filed with the legislative body of the unit by the owners of: (1) a building, structure, or site designated as a single site historic district; or (2) in the case of a historic district with two or more parcels, at least 60% of the owners of the real property of the historic district. Requires the legislative body to submit the petition to the historic preservation commission (commission) of the unit. Requires the commission to conduct a public hearing on the petition not later than 60 days after receiving the petition. Requires the commission to make findings and a recommendation to grant or deny the petition not later than 10 days after the public hearing. Requires the legislative body of the unit to grant or deny the petition not later than 45 days after receiving the petition from the commission. Requires the legislative body of the unit, before granting or denying a petition requesting the removal of a historic district designation, to take public comment and receive evidence in support of or in opposition to the petition. Provides that the legislative body may adopt an ordinance granting a petition by: (1) a majority vote, if the recommendation of the commission is to grant the petition; or (2) a two-thirds vote, if the recommendation of the commission is to deny the petition. Provides that if the legislative body does not act upon the petition within the 45 day period, the petition is considered granted or denied in accordance with the recommendation of the commission. Provides that if a petition is granted, the legislative body must adopt an ordinance to remove the designation of the historic district and record the ordinance with the county recorder. Provides that the designation of the historic district is considered removed on the date the ordinance is recorded with the county recorder. (This conference committee report removes the following provisions concerning the historic rehabilitation tax credit (credit): (1) Transfers administration of the credit from the division of historic preservation and archeology of the department of natural resources to the office of community and rural affairs (office). (2) Provides that the credit applies to the preservation or rehabilitation of historic properties that have been vacant for at least one year. (3) Establishes four new methodologies for determining the amount of the tax credit. (4) Provides that a property's adjusted basis is not reduced by the amount of the credit if
a person is entitled to a federal low income housing tax credit. (5) Provides that qualified
expenditures must exceed $25,000 to qualify for a tax credit. (6) Increases the annual
statewide cap on the tax credit to $2,500,000. (7) Requires the office to reserve 25% of the
available tax credits for projects for which qualified expenditures do not exceed $500,000.
(8) Specifies that the office may adopt emergency rules. (9) Voids a rule providing that the
maximum amount of tax credits for a particular project is $100,000. (10) Prohibits the
office from reallocating available tax credits from year to year.)
Effective: July 1, 2013.
Your Conference Committee appointed to confer with a like committee from the Senate upon Engrossed House Amendments to Engrossed Senate Bill No. 4 respectfully reports that said two committees have conferred and agreed as follows to wit:
that the Senate recede from its dissent from all House amendments and that
the Senate now concur in all House amendments to the bill and that the bill
be further amended as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:
owned by fewer than fifty (50) property owners, by certified
mail, sent at least ten (10) days before the hearing, to each
owner of real estate within the historic district; and
(3) in the case of a single building, structure, or site designated as a historic district, by certified mail, sent at least ten (10) days before the hearing, to each owner of the real estate abutting the building, structure, or site designated as a historic district that is the subject of the petition.
(c) The historic preservation commission shall make the following findings after the public hearing:
(1) Whether a building, structure, or site within the historic district continues to meet the criteria for inclusion in a historic district as set forth in the ordinance approving the historic district map under section 7 of this chapter. The determination must state specifically the criteria that are applicable to the buildings, structures, or sites within the district.
(2) Whether failure to remove the designation of the historic district would deny an owner of a building, structure, or site within the historic district reasonable use of the owner's property or prevent reasonable economic return. Evidence provided by the petitioner may include information on:
(A) costs to comply with regulations;
(B) income generation;
(C) availability of contractors to perform work;
(D) real estate values;
(E) assessed values and taxes;
(F) revenue projections;
(G) current level of return;
(H) operating expenses;
(I) vacancy rates;
(J) financing issues;
(K) efforts to explore alternative uses for a property;
(L) availability of economic incentives; and
(M) recent efforts to sell or rent property.
(3) Whether removal of the designation of a historic district would have an adverse economic impact on the owners of real estate abutting the historic district, based on testimony and evidence provided by the owners of the real estate and licensed real estate appraisers or brokers.
(4) Whether removal of or failure to remove the designation of the historic district would have an adverse impact on the unit's historic resources, and specifically whether it would result in the loss of a building, structure, or site classified as historic by the commission's survey prepared under section 6 of this chapter.
(d) Not later than ten (10) days after the public hearing, the historic preservation commission shall submit:
(1) its findings on the petition; and
(2) a recommendation to grant or deny the petition;
to the legislative body of the unit.
Senator Arnold JRepresentative Dermody
Senator YoderRepresentative Riecken
Senate Conferees House Conferees