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 was the name Oakhurst Historic District chosen when the district does not include the entire neighborhood

The name of the local historic district was chosen because the streets included in the proposed district are original to Oakhurst before annexation into Decatur. Oakhurst Subdivision developed around the time of the opening of the South Decatur Trolley line. The main residential streets where Park Place, Viola (now Madison), College Avenue, Mead's Road (now Mead Road), and Winter Avenue. The streets between Winter and Mead developed soon after. When the town was incorporated it included the Lenox Place subdivision across the rail road(Drexel, Melrose, etc.).

The opportunity to be included in the local historic district was open to all residents of the Oakhurst Community. The proposed district developed because of the interest and work of the residents of those areas. We have purposefully used the Oakhurst Historic District to signal that we are open for other streets to annex into the district. Requirements for such annexation can be discussed with Amanda Thompson with the City Manager's office. Annexation will be available if and when the current district is actually approved.