There will be a public hearing in the council chambers in the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St., Cuyahoga Falls, on Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. relative to a proposed ordinance to create a downtown historic overlay district according to Section 1132.21 H, Historic Overlay in the Cuyahoga Falls General Development Code, and declaring an emergency.

Section 1132.21 H states the following:

"Cuyahoga Falls is a community with a rich history spanning over 200 years. As a result, the city has many properties and structures dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Accordingly, certain properties and areas in the City possess special character deriving from the presence of historic buildings or sites.

"When this character is of sufficient cultural, aesthetic, or economic value, special controls and review procedures governing design of new construction and alterations to existing properties are warranted to further the public welfare.

"The Historic Overlay "H" Districts as provided herein is intended to establish such preservation controls and procedures without significantly interfering with development rights of the property owner by other City Regulations.

"It is therefore the intent of this section to establish procedures to guide activities in Historic Overlays. It seeks to do so by encouraging property owners and the city government to work out a mutually acceptable balance between preservation and alteration, between aesthetic and non-aesthetic development factors, and between the rights of the property owner and the public good."