Landmarks ordinance en Council Overrides Fischer Landmarks Veto <p>In a historic vote, the Louisville Metro Council rejected Mayor Greg Fischer&rsquo;s veto of the landmarks ordinance by an 18-to-7 vote.</p><p>The legislation was aimed at changing several provisions of the way the city designates historic sites and structures. Among the amendments was a change to allow a majority of council members to halt a decision made by the Landmarks Commission for further review.</p><p>The mayoral veto was the second in Fischer&#39;s administration, and was the first to be rejected by the council since city and county governments merged.</p><p>For months, council members held public forums and debated the measure until it passed last week. But <a href="">Fischer vetoed the bill at the urging of preservationists</a>, who argued the amendments favor developers and endanger the city&#39;s heritage. In a letter to city lawmakers, the mayor said council members were overstepping their bounds and politicizing the process.</p><p>Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, voted for the ordinance and stood against the veto. He says the mayor admitted there were problems in the landmarks process and the council needed to step in due to a lack of oversight.</p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;re being told that the fabric of our heritage will be permanently diminished by providing oversight by this council. However, a review of the facts makes this seem a bit of a contradiction,&quot; he says. &quot;Even the mayor in his veto message admits the Bauer site might have been a mistake. Oversight was needed, but it wasn&rsquo;t there.&quot;</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 23:26:56 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1271 at Council Mulling Fischer Landmarks Veto <p>The Louisville Metro Council could override Mayor Greg Fischer&#39;s veto of contentious changes to the landmarks ordinance this week, but one member says the administration is twisting lawmakers&#39; arms.<br /><br /> The legislation amended several provisions of the four-decade-old law that governs historic site declarations, but Fischer agreed with preservationists that the changes politicized the process and violated the separation of powers between the council and mayor&#39;s office.<br /><br /> Since city and county governments merged in 2003, there have been four mayoral vetoes of council measures and lawmakers have never mustered the necessary two-thirds vote to override.<br /><br /> Councilman Kelly Downard, R-16, who voted for the landmarks bill, says lawmakers have bipartisan agreement this time and should overturn the mayor&#39;s decision in part because Fischer is overstepping his bounds.<br /><br /> &quot;The vote Thursday is not going to be about the ordinance again, it&#39;s going to be about overriding a veto. So there are other issues that come into play beyond the merits of the ordinance itself,&quot; he says. &quot;And I&#39;m hoping we end up with the 18 votes that we need. I just think (Fischer&#39;s) attempting to usurp some power of the council and I&#39;m not exactly sure why. This is not a major issue for him to pull out the veto power.&quot;</p><p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:31:01 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1234 at Council Mulling Fischer Landmarks Veto Fischer Vetoes Landmarks Ordinance <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has vetoed the contentious landmarks ordinance a week after the Metro Council passed the bill.</p><div><p>The legislation amended several provisions of the four decade old law, and allowed a majority vote in the council to overturn a decision made by the city&#39;s landmarks commission. Despite stiff opposition from preservationists and outcry from a handful of lawmakers it <a href="">passed the council by a 16-7 vote</a>.</p><p>In a letter to city lawmakers, Fischer agreed with <a href="">preservationists, who argued the ordinance politicized the process</a> and violated the separation of powers between the council and mayor&#39;s office.</p></div><p>&quot;The positive impacts of our current, nationally recognized landmarks law far outweigh the need to change this four decade precedent for our city,&quot; he says. &quot;Additionally, the citizens of Louisville have clearly told me that they fear the landmarks process potentially could be politicized through Metro Council involvement.I cannot support a law that allows a simple majority of the Metro Council to overturn the standards based review of the Landmarks Commission.&quot;</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:55:50 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1198 at Fischer Vetoes Landmarks Ordinance Yates Confident Mayor Won’t Veto Landmarks Bill <p>The author of a controversial landmarks ordinance is optimistic that Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will not veto the legislation.</p><p>After months of debate, the council voted to change the city&rsquo;s longstanding process to declare historic sites. But a group of preservationists is urging the mayor to reject the ordinance, arguing that it violates the state constitution and encroaches upon the executive branch&rsquo;s authority.</p><p>Councilman David Yates, D-25, who introduced the measure, says the mayor isn&rsquo;t likely to veto the law.</p><p>&quot;If you veto it then you lose the improved legislation. We hopefully don&rsquo;t have to go that route and I don&rsquo;t think that would be his intention. But I can&rsquo;t speak for him,&quot; he says.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1192 at Preservationist Group Requests Fischer Veto Landmarks Ordinance <p>A preservationist group is requesting Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer veto a controversial ordinance that allows the Metro Council to overturn a decision made by the Landmarks Commission.</p><p>After months of debate, the <a href="">council passed the bill by a 16-7 vote last Thursday</a> that changes the city&rsquo;s longstanding process to declare historic sites. Introduced by Councilman David Yates, D-25, who said the commission lacked oversight, lawmakers made a number of changes including a provision that allows a majority of council members to challenge a Landmarks Commission decision and begin a review process.</p><p>Attorney Steve Porter is representing the preservationist group OPEN Louisville, which drafted a letter to Fischer asking him to reject the ordinance.</p><p>He says the council is violating the state constitution and encroaching upon the mayor&rsquo;s authority.</p><p>&quot;If this passes and goes into affect without a veto, landmarks is the only local agency that can be overruled by the Metro Council. And I think this is in violation of the Kentucky revised statuette, which set up a separation executive and legislative power,&quot; he says.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:01:15 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1163 at Committee Postpones Landmarks Ordinance Vote <p>The Louisville Metro Council Planning and Zoning Committee has postponed a vote on controversial revisions to the city&#39;s landmarks ordinance after committee members failed to bring the measure up for discussion.</p><p>The changes being considered would give the Metro Council final say over what cites become landmarks. It would also require a majority of the 200 signatures needed to petition a site for landmark hstatusearing to come from residents within a one-mile radius of the proposed landmark.</p><p>Those in opposition say the landmarks process has been working for years and the 13-member landmarks commission is more than fair at determining what should be granted landmark status.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:31:50 +0000 Devin Katayama 626 at