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

Why do I need to follow the historic design guidelines if my home is not contributing?

The proposed design guidelines cover both contributing and non-contributing homes, but they are not the same. The guidelines for non-contributing home renovation or new construction is less restrictive than those for contributing properties. The intent of the guidelines for non-contributing and new construction is to moderate the mass, scale, height, relationship to the street and rhythm of the street so as to not distract from the unique character of the contributing properties. The current zoning and new in-fill zoning do not address these issues. The intent is not to require new construction to mimic the protected housing style, in fact it is discouraged. It is the opinion of the resident committee that pusued the local historic district that homes built to a height of 2 1/2 stories on a street where the majority of the contributing houses are either 1 or 1 1/2 stories distracts from the historic character of the street. However, we recognize that some streets have larger mass and scale within the historic structures and therefore new construction of 2 1/2 stories may not cause such a distraction. Because citywide zoning can not address such detail and protect historic properties/character there is a ordinance allowing for local historic district to meet such demand. The limits to square footage, lot coverage, impervious surface, etc are still governed by the existing zoning laws.


Tater said...

Isn't it true that the Historic Commission is voting tonight on whether to impose a 90 day moratorium on construction within the proposed historic district?

Anonymous said...

"It is the opinion of the residents within the proposed district..." You should only state your own opinion and not speak for all residents of the proposed district. Also, the guidelines posted on this site state that "New residential construction within Oakhurst should reference historic styles and types..." There is a lot of contradicting information and the guidelines leave a lot of decisions up to the descretion of the review board.

Facilitator said...

Both of the comments have been presented as new posts. Please see earlier post for answers to the questioned posed.