Don't know if other countries have this silly thing. A group of people can petition the gvt to declare property they don't own a historical landmark. If the government agrees, which almost always happens if the building is 50 or so years old, the property owner is required to observe all the relevant historical preservation laws. Here's a particularly annoying example.
hysterical historic properties., sometimes the good guys win. I did
In 2006 I bought a rental unit in a historic neighborhood. Nothing at city hall stated nor did the realtor nor owner state said property was in a historic neighborhood. I did some repairs and all hell broke out. I lead the neighborhood in an effort to dissolve the local district. In two months we had the ability to dissolve a 30 year old ordinance. Thus the short version of what happened, per our local
hysterical historic commission minutes.The unanimous passage by all nine members of City Council of Muncie Ordinance 54-06, giving the property owners of this historical district the ability to dissolve it. You should have seen the long faces at the next Historic Commission meeting.
"Cheesman(the head of the historic district and a real bureaucratic bitch) reported that Ordinance 54-06 which allows owners of at least 50% of the real estate within any area designated to be a historical district to petition City Council for dissolution of the historical district was introduced at the November 6th council meeting. Neither Cheesman, Quirk nor Mayor Canan knew it was on the agenda as it was listed on the agenda by an unfamiliar ordinance number and there was no title such as “ordinance to amend the historic preservation ordinance,” as is common. Cheesman asked City Council Attorney Joe Hunter to let her know when an ordinance would be introduced and he did not do so. Thus, no one was present to represent the commission at the council meeting. EKHD residents were understandably upset that they were not informed the ordinance was on the agenda.
Several proponents of the district dissolution ordinance spoke for it at the council meeting including Bruce Bailey, Bruce Frankel, Frank Baker, David Costello, Kathy Conley’s daughter, Ron Riddle and Randy Calhoun. When minutes of the City Council meeting become available Cheesman will forward them to members.
MHPRC members discussed the ordinance. Although some feel that historic district designation should be forever, and property owners bank on this concept when they decide to invest large sums of money into historic district property, it is also hard to tell folks they cannot get out of a district the same way they got in—by having support of owners of 50% of the property. In addition, it would be difficult to enforce the ordinance if over half of the owners of property were not in favor of it.
Rick Russell informed members that many of the folks who signed the petition many people in the district hate MHPRC and Cheesman in particular, and that all of the mayoral candidates have told him they would replace all of the members of MHPRC when they are elected.
He pressed for all “lawsuits” against EKHD property owners to be dropped, including his own. Russell’s case has been settled. Cheesman said there were several properties where violations had been confirmed however, there are no cases pending in court, as the dissolution ordinance was introduced and Russell has informed the commission he has enough votes to dissolve the district. It would not be in the fiscal best interest of the city to proceed with violation cases if a provision for dissolution of the district will be passed by council and the district will be dissolved.