Attention Kansas Preservationists:
When I went to Topeka today, I was informed by Kansas State Historical Society staff that a bill has been introduced in the House that would eliminate the state 500-foot environs rule. They requested that I pass this information along to anyone who may have an interest in this legislation, regardless of their position, in an effort to foster an open discussion of this bill.
Currently Certified Local Governments and the Kansas State Historical Society review building permits for exterior alterations to all buildings within 500’ of any building that is on the State and/or National Register. If the bill passes, this review would no longer be in effect. There will be a public hearing before the House Local Government Committee at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 12.
The hearing with the House Local Government Committee is open to the public and anyone may register to speak either in favor or against the proposal. If you know of anyone who would have a strong interest in this legislation, regardless of whether they would be for it or against it, please pass this information along to them. If you wish to speak at the public hearing, you will need to contact the secretary of the Committee to be put on a list of speakers. Additionally, Jennie Chinn, the State Historic Preservation Officer, has requested that people who are interested in speaking contact her as well. Her phone number is 785-272-8681 ext. 205 and her e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know has strong feelings regarding this legislation but will not be able to attend the public hearing, please contact your representative or one of the members of the Committee. There is additional information below that includes a website with information about where the House Local Government Committee meets and their procedure as well as a link with the actual text of the bill.
Here is some additional information on the Committees and how they work, where to park, where to go, etc. - http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-...p/committee.do
The bill is House Bill 2083 - for reference. You can find the full text at http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2010/2083.pdf
I was able to contact the Secretary of the House Local Government Committee, Carol Bertram. If you think you know of anyone who would like to make a presentation at Thursday’s hearing, please have them contact Ms. Bertram at 785-296-7637. If anyone plans to make a presentation, they must submit 25 hard copies of the presentation by 12:00 on Wednesday, February 11. If they cannot attend the meeting, they may submit 25 hard copies of a written testimony by 12:00 on Wednesday, February 11. These can be delivered to Room 161 West at the Capitol or mailed to State Capitol, Room 161 West, Topeka, KS 66612. Again, all documents must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11.