The village of Poland has begun the process of adopting a historic preservation ordinance that would prevent residents whose homes were built before 1900 from demolishing or significantly altering their houses.
An ad hoc historic preservation committee convened last year to look into the issue, and the committee recently submitted its proposed historic preservation ordinance to the Poland Village Planning Commission.
“There’s a general sense that some historic properties are being neglected in a way that never happened before, and that as a community maybe we need to recommit to our traditional focus on preservation,” said Atty. J. Michael Thompson, chairman of the planning commission.
The proposed ordinance, on which the planning commission and village council will have to vote before further action is taken, would protect homes from certain changes to their exteriors.
“It would place limits on [homeowners’] rights to demolish or alter their homes. It would not affect the interior of homes in any way,” Thompson said.
The way the proposal is written now, the ordinance would apply to all homes built before 1900, which total more than 100. Many of these houses have historic plaques, and Thompson said, “Every house with a plaque would be affected.”
Read more about the proposed legislation in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.