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.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Why didn't you inform the neighborhood about the HPC meeting 4/9/2007?!?!?!

There were several questions of this nature via e-mail and at the meeting held 4/11/2007. The lack of notice to the community by the group pursuing local historic district regarding the HPC meeting 4/9/2007 was an oversight. As your neighbor we want you to be informed of such meetings. We have tried to keep the community informed and will continue to keep you informed. We offer the following explanation not as an excuse, but simply to express our apology.

During a meeting of the HPC we mentioned the great number of homes in the Oakhurst area that were being demolished and asked if there was anything we could do to protect the district while the nomination package was being completed. I do not know the correct terminology for their proceedings but we left with the impression that a recommendation would be made to the City Commission. It was my intention to notify the community of the City Commission meeting via the list serve. When we were confirming the date it would go before the City Commission we were told that there was a review of our request (we now know it was because the request was atypical) and it would go through another HPC meeting before it went before the City Commission. Whether through our own ignorance or just from being too busy in our daily lives we were not aware of the exact date it would go before the HPC. We found out it was going before the HPC on 4/9 from a posting on the blog Monday afternoon. We responded to the blog question as soon as we confirmed the information, which was around 4pm. We were so caught off guard only one committee member made the meeting and we were only able to contact a few neighbors to let them now of the meeting.

We do sincerely apologize. We feel that we have demonstrated open communication with the neighborhood through posting, flyer delivery, this blog, and door-to-door visits for over a year now. We assure you we will continue to strive for open communication.


Linda said...

As a resident within the proposed local historic district, I am seriously concerned about the lack of notice. The nomination, according to the ONA newsletter was apparently accepted by the HPC in January. Surely residents within the district proposed could have been notified within the intervening three months. More effort to meaningfully communicate needs to be made if you really want to have democratic input on this important issue.