TOPEKA (AP) - A bill that would rescind restrictions on the development of private property near historical sites has been approved by the Kansas Senate, despite pleas from preservationists to delay the vote. The bill approved Wednesday repeals state restrictions on the development or renovation of buildings within 500 feet of a historical building in a city, or 1,000 feet around sites in unincorporated areas. It now goes to the House for a vote. Currently, property owners must notify the state Historic Preservation Office in advance if they want to substantially alter properties near a building that's on the state or national Register of Historic Places. Preservation officers then investigate the project's impact on the historical site, although local and state governments can overrule their recommendations, The Wichita Eagle reported. ( ) Supporters of the bill said the state should not infringe on private property development. "To give the authority to someone to restrict or scrutinize your property, because their property is on the national registry, is not just," said Sen. Dennis Pyle, R-Hiawatha. "In my opinion it is injustice." Opponents asked the Senate to delay a vote while relators and preservationists work out a compromise. Sen. Greg Smith, R-Overland Park, a history teacher, noted that the law said preserving and maintaining the state's heritage "should be among the highest priorities of government."