Leawood extends moratorium on Little Free Library ban through May 2016

Leawood Little Free Libraries will be legal at least through May 2016.
Leawood Little Free Libraries will be legal at least through May 2016.

The Collins family’s north Leawood Little Free Library — and its recently installed counterparts — will be legal for at least another year.

The Leawood City Council voted this week to extend the moratorium on enforcement of a city ordinance that made Little Free Libraries illegal. The city first passed the moratorium last summer, when a national furor over news that then-9-year-old Spencer Collins’ Ensley Lane installation put his family at risk of facing a citation for breaking the city’s detached structure rules. The city council voted in October 2014 to extend the moratorium through this month.

The recommendation to extend the moratorium for another year came in response to feedback from the city’s homes associations, many of which expressed the desire to develop their own rules about maximum size for the structures and setbacks before the council enacted any city-wide regulations.

“Because these HOA rules would supersede what we decide as a council, we wanted to give the associations time to have meetings to discuss and approve any guidelines they wanted to have in place,” said Councilor Andrew Osman, who represents the northern part of the city.