Bill changes land use rules near historic sites

Kansas Capital
Kansas Capital

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate approved a bill that would rescind state restrictions on land use near state or national historic sites.

Supporters say the state’s involvement in developments near historic sites infringe on private property rights.

Proponents say the current system allows preservation officers to investigate a project’s impact on the historic site, although local or state governments can overrule their recommendations.

The Senate approved the bill Wednesday and it now goes back to the House for a vote.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/YLL60I ) the bill repeals state restrictions on the development or renovation of buildings within 500 feet of a historical building in a city, or 1,000 feet around sites in unincorporated areas.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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