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 24, 2007

Refering to the Decatur HPC website, there are 5 steps listed in the application process. At what step in the process is the Oakhurst Application?

We are in step C.

The steps are:
A. Members of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) or residents complete a nomination package.
B. The HPC accepts the nomination for further study or rejects the nomination.
C. Once the HPC accepts a nomination, city staff, the commission, and residents work together to create ordinances and design guidelines for the proposed district. Additional work includes showing the local district on the city's zoning map, adding to the history section, and determining contributing and non-contributing properties.
D. After all the work under "C" is complete, the Historic Preservation Commission holds a public hearing to consider the creation of the local historic district. This is when the public has an opportunity to comment in favor of or in opposition to the creation of the local district.BEFORE EVERY PUBLIC HEARING THERE IS AN AD IN THE LOCAL PAPER AND CERTIFIED LETTERS ARE MAILED TO EVERY PROPERTY OWNER AND RESIDENT.
E. If the HPC does not recommend creation of the district, then the process ends. If the HPC recommends creating the district, then the recommendation moves forward for consideration by the City Commission. Once the HPC recommends creating a district, a 90 day moratorium on building permits and demolitions goes into effect.
F. The final decision on creating a local historic district rests with the City Commission. When the City Commission considers creating the district there will be an opportunity for public comment.