Tue June 12, 2012
Committee Postpones Landmarks Ordinance Vote
The Louisville Metro Council Planning and Zoning Committee has postponed a vote on controversial revisions to the city's landmarks ordinance after committee members failed to bring the measure up for discussion.
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.
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.
But almost half the council's 26 members are signed on as co-sponsors to the legislation, which is sponsored by Councilman David Yates, D-25. And committee member Brent Ackerson says some version of a landmarks ordinance will be voted out of committee eventually.
“By forcing it to stay in committee and languish, we pervert the process and I’m not in favor of that," said Ackerson.
Some council members in attendance said they were under the impression that no vote would take place this week, and that they were unclear which of the latest amendments were under consideration.
Yates defended his bill saying the council has already discussed what changes are being considered.
“My colleagues have my cell phone number, my colleagues, I talk to you all the time so you just need to pick up the phone if there’s some misinformation," said Yates.
Councilman Tom Owen, who opposes the changes, said one more meeting before a committee vote would help tie up loose ends, but council members on both sides of the issue said a compromise will be necessary.
Further, council members praised the work accomplished on the bill so far and said the process has been fair and a good representation of democracy.
The committee is now expected to vote on the issue at a July 17 meeting.