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Yates Amendment seeks more neighborhood involvement in landmark designations

Tuesday February 14, 2012

ForImmediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilman David Yates (D-25) is proposing an amendment to Metro Government Land Development Code that calls for more neighborhood involvement when designating a structure as an historic landmark.

It also designates the Metro Council as having the final review on any approval.

“We are in support of historic preservation but too often, residents in the area are not made aware of the effort to preserve a structure or building and what it may mean for the future of their neighborhood,” says Yates. “This amendment would insure there is input and support for such a designation by the people who live in the area.”

The Amendment calls for changes in two areas: how the Metro Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission designate a structure and how final approval is given in the process.

For a structure, 200 signatures on a petition are required. At least 101 of those verified signatures and addresses contained in the petition are property owners or residents located within a one-mile radius from the structure or property proposed for local landmark designation or in the case less densely populated areas, at least 10% of the total property owners or residents within one-mile radius from the structure or property proposed for local landmark designation signing the petition.

“We have made some changes in an effort to include those who live around any proposed designation,” says Yates “That would include property owners and renters alike.”

The amendment also says the final determination will be made by a vote of the Metro Council not the Landmarks Commission through an ordinance. If the Council does not act within 60 days from the time of the designation, then the Commission’s initial action would become final.

Joining Yates as cosponsors of the amendment are Council members Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Bob Henderson (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15), David James (D-6), Kelly Downard (R-16) James Peden (R-23) and Jerry Miller (D-19).

“It is important that government be open and accountable. We respect the Landmarks Commission and the work they do and we will continue to work with them. However, final determination should be made in an open process by the group elected and held accountable by the people of Louisville and not an appointed body,” says Yates.

Yates appeared before the Metro Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee on Tuesday for review.

David Yates (D) 25