What Local Historic District DOES NOT do: · Does not regulate paint colors · Does not require repairs or renovations to be made · Does not increase taxes beyond normal increases for the City or County · Does not prevent additions · Does not prevent non-contributing homes from being demolished · Does not require use of historic materials or historic building methods · Does not require that you open you home to the public · Does not restrict routine maintenance of properties
What Local Historic District DOES do: · Recognizes that Oakhurst has a distinctive historic character important to the overall character of the City of Decatur · Encourages creative and compatible development with historic areas · Requires that a Certificate of Appropriateness be obtained for exterior changes to contributing properties, demolition of buildings, and new construction. · Applies only to major renovations to the exterior of your home. Interior renovations are not restricted.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Are the guidelines for the Oakhurst Historic District more or less restrictive than other historic districts in the City?

The MAK district is the most restrictive district and all other districts are pretty similar. Oakhurst initial guidelines indicate it will be similar to the other districts. Generally, the more cohesive the district is (the more the buildings look the same) the "stricter" it will be because you have less choice in your compatible building materials. However, if the neighborhood decides that they want to encourage contemporary construction, then new construction could be made out of a wider variety of building materials.