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

If my home is destroyed 60% by a catastrophic event what guidelines do I use?

This is difficult to answer without knowing the exact situation. Every historic home can return to its original setbacks, lot coverage, etc. if it is destroyed without seeking a variance. As to how the house would have to be re-build, it most likely would need to comply to guidelines for new construction. It depends on what is destroyed.