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

I heard that non-contributing properteis could not be demolished

Every request for demolition requires appoval of the demolition and post-demolition plan. If there is a home that is non-contributing because it does not meet the age requirment, but is an outstanding example of a particular type of architecture then I could see why the commission could deny demolition. However, the intent of the public hearing is to protect historic homes, not to prevent demolition of non-historic homes.

The preservation ordinance has a specific section on code enforcement to prevent demolition by neglect.

If a historic property is already in a state of extreme disrepair, the HPC can give a variance for economic hardship and approve demolition.