Metro landmarks ordinance hearing tomorrow night

A controversial amendment to the Metro Louisville landmarks ordinance that has drawn the ire of Preservation Louisville and several council members will have its final public hearing tomorrow night.

The amendment, sponsored by Councilman David Yates with nine co-sponsors, would give Metro Council final say over historic landmark designations and require a percentage of signatures on landmark petitions to come from within a 1 mile radius of the property. Yates argues that the council is more accountable than the current Landmarks Commission, and the radius ensures that only effected residents of the area can initiate the process. Yates’ office says they have at least five more council members willing to join as co-sponsors, and the amendment currently has enough votes to pass the full council.

Preservation Louisville argues that the current system is transparent and functioning properly, but the proposed changes would politicize the process and make preserving historic property more difficult.

The meeting is Tuesday night from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the UAW Local 862 Union Hall, 3000 Fern Valley Road. Those wanting to speak at the meeting can sign up starting at 5:30 and have a three-minute limit.