Historic district ordinance has first reading tonight

June 24, 2013

LUDINGTON — City Council will hold the first reading of the controversial Historic District ordinance tonight. The proposed district would be along East Ludington Avenue between Harrison and Staffon streets. If approved, following a second reading, a historical district authority will be established. All changes to properties within that district would have to meet the guidelines set by the authority.

The ordinance states the purpose of the district is to:
– Safeguard heritage of the City of Ludington by preserving districts which reflect elements of its history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture.
– Stabilize and improve property values in each district and surrounding areas.
– Foster civic beauty.
– Strengthen the local economy.
– Promote use of the historic district for education, pleasure and welfare of citizens of City of Ludington and State of Michigan.

A historic district study committee was established in October 2009. The city held a public hearing on the district in October 2012 along with a roundtable meeting in February of this year and a workshop in May. It also sent out 76 surveys to property owners in the proposed district.

The city received 52 surveys back with 33 respondents opposed to the district and 16 in favor. Some of the respondents own more than one property and if each were to receive one vote it would mean 25 were opposed. The city also received a letter of opposition from a property owner who did not fill out a survey. Three respondents were undecided.

City council meets tonight at 6:30 p.m.

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