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Act, changes in historic district regulations

Posted: 9:13 AM, Jan 27, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-27 09:13:18-05

If you live in or near a historic district, changes in regulation could be headed your way.

New legislation would give property owners more influence in both the formation and administration of these districts across the state.

This would be an update to a law written 45 years ago.

It would also allow communities rather than the state to decide whether they will allow certain changes and upgrades to their buildings.

"It would allow so that Lansing isn't making the changes through the state bureaucracy of expanding historical districts or changing things on a dime. It would allow the local groups to have control and not have to be thumbnailed by the State on certain regulations," Rep. Jason Sheppard said.

The bill would also allow the local government to vote every ten years to decide if the district should continue to be labeled as historic.