Hello. I'm Metro Councilman David Yates.
Some concerns have been raised about the changes to the Local Landmarks Designation Ordinance that I recently introduced. Currently, even if an owner doesn't want their property designated, only 200 signatures of anyone, residing anywhere in Metro Louisville, are required on a petition to seek Landmark status. The new ordinance will require that a portion of those petitioners are either property owners or residents within a one mile radius of the proposed landmark. This will ensure that those directly impacted by the designation have a voice in the process.
While it's no secret that I support individual property rights, development, business growth and the jobs that come with it, I'm also supportive of preservation in Louisville and I don't believe they're exclusive of each other.
Metro Louisville is full of historic attractions that should be protected. However, I believe this should be done with community support and with a process that is open and accountable to the citizens.
The changes keep the Landmarks Commission fully in place but simply allow for neighbors to have a spot at the table, and Metro Council - whose members are held accountable by the people - to have oversight through an open democratic process.
It is our job to provide appropriate checks and balances that ensure that there is an open, transparent, responsible and accountable government that is inclusive and fair to you and all the communities affected.
I'm David Yates and that's my point of view.