Thank you for speaking out to support historic landmarks and neighborhoods across the state! Here are some ideas for things to say or write:
I write to ask you to oppose HB5232 and SB720.
I support historic neighborhoods and landmarks in the state by opposing these bills.
The bill could endanger existing historic districts and will give more power to unscrupulous speculators to destroy historic buildings without the proper checks and balances from neighbors, the community, and architectural experts. The existing laws give no guarantee for helping communities protect their historical treasures. With even weaker laws, who knows what shared cultural gems we may lose in the future.
Please oppose these bills. Thank you for your efforts.
The Local Historic Districts Act is important to not only protecting historic resources in our local communities, but also ensuring the viability of the cities and towns that have them. Reports commissioned to study the effects of local historic districts all agree that they increase property values, create safer communities, and generate skilled jobs and revenue that stays in the local community and contribute to its overall economic health.
Historic Preservation is the foundation of many community’s economic revitalization efforts, and is one of the most important tools to protect our history and culture, create a sense of place, and is relevant to community development efforts for both small towns and big cities. From Grand Rapids to Ann Arbor, Detroit to Traverse City, Monroe to Marquette cities have long recognized the value of protecting historic buildings, downtowns, and neighborhoods.
(from the Michigan Association of Planning)
– The Historic Districts Act works well as it is. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it! It works to strengthen Michigan’s communities and does not require this “modernization”.
– Historic districts outperform their non-designated neighbors with higher property values and resident retention which equals a stronger tax base.
– The proposed legislation unnecessarily complicates the historic district designation process and creates an undue burden on our elections system.
– Michigan’s residents and leaders tout our resources as tourist attractions in Pure Michigan, yet this legislation works to undermine protection for these valuable assets.