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, May 3, 2007

How do you already have the proposed guidelines after conducting only 1 meeting?

The proposed guidelines are only a template used from the Old Decatur Guidelines. It is used just to get the neighborhood and residents started as they consider what they would like the design guidelines to incorporate. The only input from the resident's so far is the intent of the guidelines. There will be at least two additional meetings to discuss the actual input on the design guidelines.

We felt that a template was good because otherwise the process is overwhelming.