Louisville Metro designates preservation districts and local landmarks to recognize, preserve, and protect its significant historic and architectural resources. This in turn has contributed to economic development, private investment, jobs, and some of the most sought after and coveted neighborhoods in the Metro area. In 1973, the city established a public preservation policy and created the Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission. The Landmarks Commission is responsible for designating preservation districts and local landmarks; establishing guidelines for exterior alterations, demolition, and new construction for designated structures; and developing preservation plans and educational outreach materials. Decisions regarding designation are based on extensive historical and architectural studies, criteria similar to those required for listing of a property on the National Register of Historic Places, and public opinion voiced during public hearings (Historic Louisville, Preservation Districts and Local Landmarks).
In early 2012, almost 40 years after the Landmarks Commission was created, members of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Council proposed an amendment that would significantly alter the Landmarks Ordinance and the designation process, making it far more difficult to designate property in rural areas and areas with a higher density of renter-occupied buildings. Initially, the proposal was presented in committee without the opportunity for public comment. After a massive public outcry, the primary sponsor of the amendment, Councilman David Yates agreed to table the discussion and the committee voted in favor of allowing the public two opportunities to express their concerns on the proposal. Public meetings were held in March and April 2012 and were met with an overwhelmingly large turn out of individuals who commented in opposition of the amendment. Opponents believe the proposed amendment will hinder the landmarks process and strip citizens of their due process rights.
This petition opposes the proposed amendment.
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Petition created and supported by:
Shellie Nitsche, Petition Coordinator
Anna Maas, Board Member, Preservation Kentucky
Rachel Kennedy, Executive Director, Preservation Kentucky
Marianne Zickuhr, Executive Director, Preservation Louisville
Martina Kunnecke, Executive Director, Neighborhood Planning and Preservation