Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That § 10.1-2206.1 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 10.1-2206.1. Procedure for designating a historic district, building, structure, or site as a historic landmark; National Register of Historic Places, National Historic Landmarks; historic district defined.
A. In any county, city, or town where the Board proposes to designate a historic district, building, structure, object, or site as a historic landmark, or 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 property proposed to be so designated or nominated, and to the owners, or their agents, of all abutting property and property immediately across the street or road from the property.
B. Prior to the designation or 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 Board and 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
C. Any written notice required to be given by the Department
to any person shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of this section
if sent by
D. The local governing body and property owners shall have
E. For the purposes of this chapter, a historic district means a geographically definable area which contains a significant concentration of historic buildings, structures or sites having a common historical, architectural, archaeological, or cultural heritage, and which may contain local tax parcels having separate owners. Contributing properties within a registered district are historic landmarks by definition.