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

Do I need a certificate of appropriateness to demolish my non-contributing house?

Every structure (historid and non-historic) has to go through the design review process. Generally, projects like new construction, additions , installing new window locations require a Certificate of Appropriateness. Projects like replacing an existing window, door, or change in driveway materials require a Certificate of Exemption.