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

Is it true that the historic preservation commission is voting on a 90 day moratorium for the proposed district tonight?

Yes, it is true.


Redd Smithe said...

The HPC unanimously approved a moratorium for the proposed district last night. This morning I got an e-mail from the ONA that erroneously claimed that such moratoriums are atypical. The Old Decatur Historic District was protected by such a demolition moratorium. Additionally the email I received implied that the moratorium to be presented to the City Commission is no different than the moratorium that would be imposed after acceptance of the application for historic district status. That is incorrect. This ONA email also states that the demolition moratorium applies only to contributing structures. That also is not accurate.

Since I live in a contributing structure within the district and have done and continue to do extensive research on this issue I am disturbed by the dissemination of misinformation.

The moratorium resolution approved by the HPC and to be considered by the City Commission is significantly less restrictive than the moratorium that would be imposed after acceptance of an application for an Historic Preservation District. Further, the proposed resolution is not exclusive to contributing properties with in the district, rather all demolition permits within the proposed district will be subject to the moratorium. This proposed moratorium applies exclusively to demolition permits.

It is important to note that demolition permits can still be issued with a certificate of appropriateness from the HPC.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post.