Public hearings set for Louisville’s ‘War on Preservation’ [Opinion: The Arena]

Tempest in a teapot?

People in Louisville are, generally, pretty much satisfied with the job being done by our Metro Council.  We trust them.  Heck, several of the incumbents are even running for re-election unopposed.  We trust them with our tax money.  We trust them to protect our health, safety, and welfare.  And this minor modification to the existing law will mean that we trust them to look after our landmarks, too.

LouisvilleHisctoricPreservationAward400_0.jpgThe Louisville Metro Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee announced yesterday that two (2) public hearings will be held on the proposed ordinance (O-33-02-12), which will amend Louisville Metro’s Designation of Historic Districts and Local Landmarks.

The first public hearing will take place on Tuesday March 13, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The first public hearing will be held within the Metro Council Chambers of City Hall (601 W. Jefferson Street). It will be aired live on METRO TV (Times-Warner Cable, Channel 25) and will also be streamed live on the Metro Council’s home page. Go to and click on the “Watch Gavel to Gavel” icon.

Frazier House_0.jpgThe second public hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The second public hearing will be held at the meeting hall of UAW Local 862 (3000 Fern Valley Road). This hearing will not be aired live via Metro TV or streaming video due to the fact that the meeting is being held at a remote location. An audio recording of the meeting will be available on the Metro Council’s website after the conclusion of the meeting and recording of minutes.

Councilman Jon Ackerson (Planning and Zoning Committee Chair) said:  “We encourage residents of Jefferson County to attend one of these two public hearings. The Planning and Zoning Committee has chosen to hold these forums in two separate locations and at different times to allow persons from all areas of the community the opportunity to participate.”

Hearing Rules: Persons wishing to address the committee will have the opportunity to sign up one (1) hour prior to the start of either hearing. Those who sign up to speak will be called to address the committee in the order in which they signed up, and will each be given up to three minutes to speak. Persons will not be allowed to sign up to speak via phone call or e-mail to the Metro Council in advance, nor will they be allowed to grant their time to another person.

At the first public hearing, signups will be held on the third floor of City Hall. At the second hearing, signups will take place at the UAW. Signups for both hearings will be conducted by the office of the Metro Council Clerk.

Any person who speaks before the committee or is unable to speak will be allowed to submit written testimony for inclusion in the record of the hearing. Persons attending the meetings are not allowed to bring signs, props or other materials that are larger than 8 ½” x 11” in size or that might block the view of persons attending the hearing.

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