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Recognizing that there are nonconforming buildings or structures which are now existing which should be upgraded or improved by replacement, rebuilding, or addition thereto, the city council may, after a public hearing, issue a permit for the replacement, rebuilding, or addition to an existing nonconforming building or structure. As a condition to the issuance of the permit, the city council shall require plans and specifications of the proposed replacement, rebuilding, or addition be filed and that a bond in an amount to be set by the council be posted to assure compliance with the plans and specifications so filed. No permit shall be issued unless the city council finds that the proposed replacement, rebuilding, or addition will be compatible with the lot or tract of land involved and, further, that it will not be detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the surrounding area.

The aforesaid section shall not apply to duplexes in areas currently zoned R-1 or areas subsequently zoned R-1 either through a rezoning or upon territory being annexed into the corporate limits of the city of Electric City which are intended to be replaced, rebuilt, or added to totally or partially because of destruction. In the case of such replacement, rebuilding, or addition, ECMC 18.55.070 shall apply. (Ord. 514 § 1, 2016; Ord. 464 § 1, 2012; Ord. 416 § 1, 2009)