Good News: Landmarks to Hold Public Hearing on Revised Rules
This Spring, after vociferous opposition from GVSHP and other preservation groups, the Landmarks Preservation Commission pulled back from its plan to change its rules to cut the public out of the process for commenting upon or even knowing about many applications for changes to landmarked properties. GVSHP helped lead the charge against that anti-democratic and anti-transparency proposal, initiated by the former LPC Chair who left under a cloud after the backlash against this plan.
While the LPC quickly announced it was eliminating most of the most egregious elements of the proposal, it initially refused to hold a new public hearing upon the revised plan, which also meant its exact language and details would not be made public until adopted by the LPC. GVSHP again pushed back hard, and we are pleased to share with you that under new acting Chair Fred Bland, the LPC has reversed itself and announced they will hold public hearings on the revised rules changes and have released the exact details and language of the new proposal (see here). The hearing will be on October 16th, and GVSHP will be there to advocate for the public and for the preservation of our city’s historic heritage, and will encourage others to do the same.