At least one member of the Leavenworth City Commission has expressed misgivings about eliminating the city's review of properties considered to be within the environs of historic districts.

At least one member of the Leavenworth City Commission has expressed misgivings about eliminating the city's review of properties considered to be within the environs of historic districts.

Currently, proposed changes made to buildings within 500 feet of historic districts are subject to review by the city. That's because the buildings are considered to be within the environs of the historic districts. An ordinance under consideration by the City Commission would remove development requirements related to properties in these environs. Regulations for buildings within the historic districts would not be affected.

Some commissioners have expressed support for the proposed ordinance.

Commissioner Lisa Weakley was absent when her fellow commissioners first discussed the issue last week. But she was present earlier this week when the proposed ordinance was brought before the Commission for first consideration.

Weakley didn't object Tuesday to advancing the proposed ordinance for a future vote. But Weakley said she didn't know if she'd like to see the requirements related to the environs abolished.

She said northeast Leavenworth has historic homes. And other homes were allowed to be constructed in that area that are not compatible with the neighborhood. She said the construction of some of these newer homes were not of good quality, and they've contributed to the dilapidation of the area.

"Sometimes letting people do their own thing is not always best for the community," she said.

She said this can lead to shoddy workmanship.

Weakley said she likes the fact that current regulations allow the "community to at least step back, take a look and question."

Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city, said she believes there are 11 historic districts in the city of Leavenworth. Ten are on a national register and one is on a state register. There also are several individual properties listed on both national and state registers.

Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Preisinger said Tuesday that commissioners had maps showing the locations of historic districts in the city as well as the areas included in the environs.

Commissioners were asked to consider eliminating the regulations for historic environs after a requirement for a similar review at the state level ended.

"The state got rid of that as a July 1," City Manager Scott Miller said Tuesday.

Miller said the city doesn't have to get rid of its requirements. The city regulations can be more stringent than those of the state.

He said the current regulations have created some problems with development. He said minor things such as changing windows have to go through a process.

Preisinger said he understands the points Weakley made, but he has seen instances in which there was an overstep in the interpretation of the environs regulations, and the City Commission ended up overriding these actions.

City Commissioner Davis Moulden said if the current regulations were in place at the beginning of Leavenworth's history the city never would have been built.