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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Would you please clarify your assertion "all of Oakhurst is eligible for the National Register"? Was a nomination submitted to the Nat'l Register for

The response given to this question was to the question of tax benefits. It was to illustrate that local historic district does not have a tax incentive, but National Register does. While it was a separate issue that we were not involved it was presented to citizens of Oakhurst that they were eligible for the listing, a meeting was held, and a documentation process was started. It was not our effort so we do not have any details. Amanda Thompson may have additional information. It is my understanding that several residents voiced that they did not want the National Register recognition and it was dropped. The definition of National Register is listed below. It is our understanding that the National Register carries no restriction of personal property, but you may understand differently.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. The National Register is a program of the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.

The National Register is more than a list of resources that have been researched and documented as significant to the nation, state or community. The register is a tool for preserving historic properties. Listed properties are given special consideration when the federal government is planning or giving aid to projects. Listing gives private citizens and public officials credibility when attempting to protect these resources. Listing in the National Register, however, does not prevent a private citizen from altering, managing or disposing of the property.


Anonymous said...

I am still confused about why the pursuit of listing on the National Register was abandoned. I know someone said it was an arduous process, but I would like to do a "historic" renovation of my home and would appreciate the possible tax break. Is there anyway we can start this process again?