[Rev. 11/21/2013 4:18:14 PM--2013]

[NAC-384 Revised Date: 2-92]

CHAPTER 384 - COMSTOCK HISTORIC DISTRICT

384.010            “Commission” defined.

384.020            Officers of commission: Positions; selection; duties.

384.030            Officers of commission: Election; term of office; vacancy.

384.040            Duties of chairman.

384.050            Duties of vice chairman.

384.060            Duties of treasurer.

384.070            Duties of secretary.

384.080            Contracts, checks, deposits.

384.090            Committees of commission: Formation.

384.100            Committees of commission: Terms of office; officers; vacancies; quorum.

384.110            Office manager.

384.120            Meetings.

384.130            Notices of meetings.

384.140            Establishment of district.

384.150            Map of boundaries of historic district.

384.160            Certificates of appropriateness: Applications.

384.170            Certificates of appropriateness: Principles considered by commission.

384.180            Informal conferences and hearings.

384.190            Building inspector.

 

      NAC 384.010  “Commission” defined.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, “commission” means the Comstock historic district commission.

     (Supplied in codification)

      NAC 384.020  Officers of commission: Positions; selection; duties.

     1.  The officers of the commission consist of a chairman, a vice chairman, a secretary and a treasurer, as determined by the commission.

     2.  The commission may elect or appoint such other officers as it deems desirable. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed from time to time by the commission.

     3.  Any two or more offices may be held by the same person, except the office of chairman.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. II § 1, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.030  Officers of commission: Election; term of office; vacancy.

     1.  The officers of the commission are elected annually by the commissioners at the April meeting of the commission.

     2.  A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation or otherwise, may be filled by the commissioners for the unexpired portion of the term.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. II §§ 2 & 3, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.040  Duties of chairman.

     1.  The chairman is the principal executive officer of the commission and shall supervise and control all of the business and affairs of the commission.

     2.  The chairman shall preside at all meetings of the commission.

     3.  The chairman may sign, with the Secretary, or any other proper officer of the commission authorized by the commission, any deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, or other instruments which the commission has authorized to be executed, except in cases where the signing and execution is expressly delegated by the commission, or by statute, to some other officer or agent of the commission.

     4.  The chairman shall perform the duties incident to his office and such other duties as may be prescribed by the commission from time to time.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. II § 4, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.050  Duties of vice chairman.

     1.  In the absence of the chairman, or in the event of his inability or refusal to act, as determined by a majority of the commission, the vice chairman shall perform the duties of the chairman.

     2.  When acting as chairman, the vice chairman has all the powers of and is subject to all the restrictions upon the chairman.

     3.  The vice chairman shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the chairman or by the commission.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art II § 5, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.060  Duties of treasurer.

     1.  If required by the commission, the treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his duties in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the commission determines.

     2.  The treasurer has charge and custody of and is responsible for all funds and securities of the commission. He shall receive and give receipts for money due and payable to the commission from any source whatsoever and, in accordance with subsection 3 of NAC 384.080, shall deposit all such money in the name of the commission in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as are selected by the commission.

     3.  The treasurer shall perform all the duties incident to his office and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the chairman.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. II § 6, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.070  Duties of secretary.  The secretary shall:

     1.  Keep the minutes of the meetings of the commission, in one or more books provided for that purpose;

     2.  See that all notices are given in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or as required by law;

     3.  Be custodian of the commission’s records, including all applications for certificates of appropriateness, and their disposition, drawings, photographs, maps, and the commission’s library;

     4.  Keep and maintain a card index system, as required by statute, and keep a register of the mailing address of each member of the commission which must be furnished to the secretary by the commission; and

     5.  Perform all duties incident to his office and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him by the chairman or by the commission.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. II § 7, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.080  Contracts, checks, deposits.

     1.  The chairman and secretary may enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the commission.

     2.  All checks, drafts, or orders for the payment of money, notes, or other evidences of indebtednesses issued in the name of the commission must be signed by the treasurer and countersigned by the chairman or vice chairman of the commission.

     3.  All money of the commission must be deposited from time to time to the credit of the commission, in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as the commission may select. The commission may also purchase time certificates of deposit.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. IV §§ 1-3, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.090  Committees of commission: Formation.

     1.  The commission, by resolution adopted by a majority of the commissioners, may designate one or more committees, each of which must consist of two or more commissioners.

     2.  The committees, to the extent provided in the resolution, have and shall exercise the authority of the commission and the management of the commission; but the designation of such committees and the delegation of authority to them does not operate to relieve the commission or any individual commissioner of any responsibility imposed upon the commission or the commissioner by law.

     3.  The commission may appoint an architectural committee composed of members who have expertise and background in architecture, engineering or design, particularly as it relates to the architectural design and engineering methods used and employed in the Comstock Era between 1865 and 1880. This committee’s purpose is to advise and consult with the commission on applications for certificates of appropriateness, make recommendations to the commission, and perform such other duties and functions as the commission deems advisable. The members of this committee need not be members of the commission.

     4.  Other committees not having and exercising the authority of the commission may be designated by a resolution adopted by the commission. Except as otherwise provided in the resolution, the members of such a committee need not be members of the commission. The chairman shall appoint the members of the committee. Any member of the committee may be removed by the chairman whenever in his judgment the best interests of the commission will be served by the removal.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. III §§ 1-3, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.100  Committees of commission: Terms of office; officers; vacancies; quorum.

     1.  Each member of a committee shall serve until his term expires and a successor is appointed, unless the committee is sooner terminated, the member is removed from the committee, or the member ceases to qualify as a member of the committee.

     2.  One member of each committee shall be appointed chairman by the chairman of the commission.

     3.  Vacancies in the membership of any committee may be filled by appointment made in the same manner as an original appointment.

     4.  Unless otherwise provided in the resolution of the commission designating a committee, a majority of the whole committee constitutes a quorum, and the act of a majority of the members present in a meeting at which a quorum is present is the act of the committee.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. III §§ 4-7, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.110  Office manager.

     1.  The commission may employ an office manager to supervise all office and day-to-day routine of the commission, supervise the building inspectors and handle violations.

     2.  The office manager shall advise the commission of pending business and applications and report violations.

     3.  He shall interview and advise applicants according to law and practice, and shall advise them of approved standards and details.

     4.  The office manager shall review applications for presentation to meetings of the commission and shall perform such other duties as the commission from time to time may assign.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. X, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.120  Meetings.

     1.  Regular meetings of the commissioners must be held at the office of the commission in Virginia City on the first Tuesday of each month.

     2.  Special meetings of the commissioners may be called by or at the request of the chairman or two commissioners. The chairman shall fix the time of the special meeting and the place of the meeting, which may be within or without the historic district.

     3.  If less than a majority of commissioners are present, a majority of the commissioners present may adjourn a meeting from time to time without further notice.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. I §§ 1, 2 & part 5, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.130  Notices of meetings.

     1.  Notice of a special meeting of the commission must be given at least 7 days before the meeting, by written notice delivered personally, or sent by mail or telegram to each commissioner, at his address as shown on the records of the commission.

     2.  Any commissioner may waive notice of any meeting.

     3.  A commissioner’s attendance at a meeting constitutes a waiver of notice, except where he attends for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of business because it was not lawfully called.

     4.  The general nature of the business to be transacted at the special meeting must be set forth in the notice.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. I § 4, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.140  Establishment of district.  After the commission has established the boundaries of the district, the commission will cause maps describing the district’s boundaries to be made available to applicants and to the public.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. VII, eff. 10-13-72]

 

 

 

 

 

 

      NAC 384.150  Map of boundaries of Historic District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Appendix A, eff. 10-13-72]

 

      NAC 384.160  Certificates of appropriateness: Applications.

     1.  The commission will prepare and make available applications for certificates of appropriateness to applicants desiring to erect, reconstruct, alter, restore, move or demolish any structure within the district, and may establish a reasonable fee to cover the cost of processing an application.

     2.  The commission may issue guidelines or bulletins and instruction sheets from time to time setting forth the general policies of the commission, design criteria, projects or work that may be undertaken without a certificate of appropriateness, and such other information and data which the commission deems necessary to better inform and assist applicants in submitting their applications for such certificates.

     3.  All applications for certificates of appropriateness must be filed with the office of the commission and must remain a part of its records.

     4.  Every application must be accompanied by drawings or plans of the proposed alteration, additions or changes, and for new construction of buildings or property use, signed by the person, architect, or draftsman who prepared them. As used in this subsection, “drawing” means plans and exterior elevation drawn to scale with sufficient detail to show, so far as they relate to exterior appearances, the architectural design of buildings, including proposed materials, textures and colors, including samples of materials or color samples, and the plot plan or site lay- out, including all improvements affecting appearances, such as walls, walks, terraces, planting, accessory buildings, signs, lights and other elements.

     5.  In the case of an application to alter or add to a structure within the district, the application must be accompanied by legible photographs of all sides of the structure. In the case of applications for demolition of structures, the applicant shall submit legible photographs of all sides of the building under consideration and photographs showing contiguous properties. In the case of an application to construct a new building in the district, the application must be accompanied by legible photographs of the adjoining properties.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. VIII §§ 1-3, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.170  Certificates of appropriateness: Principles considered by commission.

     1.  Preservation is the first responsibility of the commission, and preservation is preferred to restoration.

     2.  Architectural integrity is preferable to synthetic style.

     3.  Change should be considered in relation to the remainder of the building and its neighboring structures.

     4.  Change to authentic is desirable.

     5.  In all new building plans, extreme care should be observed. Each new building should be worthy of the area and a pride to the neighborhood. Since all new construction aims to capitalize on the merits of the historic background of the district, it should also contribute its share of quality, character and desirability.

     6.  Economic consideration should have little effect on the commission’s judgment insofar as permitting cheaper means of construction, decoration, and fabrication.

     7.  Imitations of old styles and fake architecture are not desirable. It is more important that new construction be in scale with older structures and not detrimental to buildings with historic and architectural worth.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. XII, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.180  Informal conferences and hearings.

     1.  Prior to a preparation of working drawings or calling for proposals or bids from contractors, prospective property developers, owners or agents may prepare preliminary scale drawings and outlines, specifications, including color samples for outside work, and photographs for review and informal discussion with the commission. The purpose of this review is to acquaint the developer, owner or agent with the standards of appropriateness of design that are required of his proposed development.

     2.  Preapplication review does not require formal application but does require notice to be given to the commission at least 10 days before the date of the meeting in which the preliminary drawings are to be discussed.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. IX, eff. 10-13-72]

      NAC 384.190  Building inspector.

     1.  The commission may designate any county or city building inspector within the district to investigate, inspect and examine any structure, place or area within the district in accordance with NRS 384.190.

     2.  When a certificate of appropriateness is granted, a building inspector may be authorized by the commission to make periodic inspections and make progress reports to the commission.

     3.  The inspector may also be requested to report any violations of chapter 384 of NRS to the commission and other appropriate authorities.

     [Virginia City Hist. Dist. Comm’n, Art. XI, eff. 10-13-72]