Yesterday, I attended and spoke at my first ever Legislative Hearing. Today was the Government Affairs Subcommittee of the State Assembly. The hearing was in Carson City, but there was a remote teleconference center set up in the Sawyer Building.
We were there to speak on behalf of AB 304 which has been introduced and is being championed by Tick Segerblom from District 9.
AB 304 inserts the requirement to consider the impact on Historic Neighborhoods into all the various laws about development, and does it for all government entities.Â Â All projects (especially road and streets) and zoning changes etc would be required toÂ have impact studies done. It provides us with an important tool to help fight off development encroachment into the historic neighborhoods. It also provides a different method for the utility companies to fund the â€œundergroundingâ€ of all the utility lines in the historic neighborhoods.
For those interested, Hereâ€™s a link to the actual bill.Â Â Assembly Bill 304, sponsored by Assemblyman Tick Segerblom.
Iâ€™m pasting his summary so you can see for yourself why this would be a great tool in the arsenal of us preservationists.
Tick would appreciate any comments, and letters of support. You can email him at [email protected]
Assembly Committee on Government Affairs
Â Â Â The loss of these neighborhoods is especially acute when the neighborhood contains unique architectural features or other attributes which make the neighborhood historic.Â Â
Â Â Â One of the most important pieces of the bill is the requirement to create a preservation commission to monitor and promote the protection of historic neighborhoods so we can better preserve this important part of our history. Â [Â§ 7, page 7]
Impacts of New Streets and Roads