Who's in Control Here?

Lunday, Elizabeth A.
June 2005
Planning;Jun2005, Vol. 71 Issue 6, p18
Trade Publication
The article states that the property owners' consent is a hot topic in cities seeking to save historic neighborhoods. The author notes that cities around the U.S. often seek property owner opinion whether their ordinance mandates it or not. In most cases, ignoring the wishes of owners is an invitation to a legal fight. The only way to succeed, say preservation officers and activists around the country, is to educate property owners. In most communities with ordinances, owners of landmark properties or those living within historic districts must apply to their local landmarks or preservation commission before they undertake exterior improvements. INSET: Preserving Public Buildings.


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