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Metro Council approves changes to Landmarks Ordinance

Thursday July 26, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
                Stephen Haag: 574-1204/645-1752

Louisville – By a vote of 16 to 7, the Louisville Metro Council has amended the landmarks ordinance to include more community involvement and notification before a structure is designated as a landmark.

“We have been very thorough in our discussion and review of this ordinance by including all parties, such as preservationist, land developers and members of this council,” says Councilman David Yates (D-25), the primary sponsor of the ordinance. “We can now reassure the public that they have a voice in such an important decision while at the same time insuring historic preservation and providing for appropriate oversight.”

“This ordinance provides an appropriate level of oversight for a commission that has the power to affect the property rights of property owners,” says Councilman Kelly Downard (R-16). “I welcome the ability of the Metro Council to review the actions of the Landmarks Commission and believe this ordinance will improve public confidence in the landmarks process.”

The Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee began its review of the ordinance in March of this year. There were two public hearings and several reviews before the final version was passed by the Council on Thursday night.

Here are the key highlights of the ordinance:

· Gives the option for a voluntary pre-application meeting of all interested parties, owners and landmarks commission.

· Require that 101 of the 200 petitioners live or own property within a combination of a one mile radius and the council district where it is in.

· Requires that more residents surrounding a proposed property have to be notified.

· Extends the time before a public meeting has to be held so that the Landmarks Commission has the time to do their work.

· Allows the Metro Council the ability to bring up the issue after the Landmarks Commission has acted but only if a majority of the council votes to do so.

“I feel great knowing this endeavor promotes more community involvement in the exceptional culture of preservation in our Community,” said Councilman David James (D-6).

Joining Yates as sponsors are James along with Councilmembers Rick Blackwell (D-12), Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13), Bob Henderson (D-14), Marianne Butler (D-15), Kelly Downard (R-16), Glen Stuckel (R-17), Jerry Miller (D-19), Stuart Benson (R-20), Robin Engel (R-22), James Peden (R-23), and President Jim King (D-10).

Sponsor:
David Yates (D) 25
Kelly Downard (R) 16
David James (D) 6