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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

How does the local historic designation fit in with the work done by the infill task force? Does one trump the other?

Local districts are a zoning overlay that works in combination with the zoning ordinace. The infill task force recommendations do not address demolition, building materials or the design of homes. The infill task force also does not address commercial areas at all. Only a local district requires a public hearing before the demolition of a structure and requires a plan be presented at the same time. The work of the infill task force will control the overall mass of a home and setbacks, but will not comment on design or building materials. The local historic district can also address the relation of homes to each other and to the street - which is part of design.